[syn: pallette, palette]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Palette \Pal"ette\, n. [See Pallet a thin board.]
1. (Paint.) A thin, oval or square board, or tablet, with a
thumb hole at one end for holding it, on which a painter
lays and mixes his pigments. Hence, any other object,
usually one with a flat surface, used for the same
purpose. [Written also pallet.]
2. Hence: The complete set of colors used by an artist or
other person in creating an image, in any medium. The
meaning of this term has been extended in modern times to
include the set of colors used in a particular computer
application, or the complete set of of colors available in
computer displays or printing techniques.
3. Hence: The complete range of resources and techniques used
in any art, such as music.
4. (Anc. Armor) One of the plates covering the points of
junction at the bend of the shoulders and elbows.
5. (Mech.) A breastplate for a breast drill.
Palette knife, a knife with a very flexible steel blade and
no cutting edge, rounded at the end, used by painters to
mix colors on the grinding slab or palette.
To set the palette (Paint.), to lay upon it the required
pigments in a certain order, according to the intended use
of them in a picture. --Fairholt.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist
or painting or school of art [syn: palette, pallet]
2: board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix
paints and the range of colors used [syn: palette,
3: one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of
armor [syn: pallette, palette]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "palette":
air brush, art paper, brush, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas,
chalk, charcoal, crayon, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier,
easel, fixative, ground, lay figure, maulstick, medium, paint,
paintbrush, palette knife, pastel, pencil, pigments, scratchboard,
siccative, sketchbook, sketchpad, spatula, spray gun, stump,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
colour look-up table
(colour look-up table, CLUT) A device
which converts the logical colour numbers stored in each
pixel of video memory into physical colours, normally
represented as RGB triplets, that can be displayed on the
monitor. The palette is simply a block of fast RAM which
is addressed by the logical colour and whose output is split
into the red, green and blue levels which drive the actual
display (e.g. CRT).
The number of entries (logical colours) in the palette is the
total number of colours which can appear on screen
simultaneously. The width of each entry determines the number
of colours which the palette can be set to produce.
A common example would be a palette of 256 colours
(i.e. addressed by eight-bit pixel values) where each colour
can be chosen from a total of 16.7 million colours (i.e. eight
bits output for each of red, green and blue).
Changes to the palette affect the whole screen at once and can
be used to produce special effects which would be much slower
to produce by updating pixels.