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1. A tag or sheath, as of plastic, on the end of a lace, cord, or ribbon to facilitate its passing through eyelet holes.
2. A similar device used for an ornament.

[Middle English, from Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille, needle, from Vulgar Latin *acūcula, from Late Latin acucula, diminutive of Latin acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈæɡlɪt) or


1. a metal sheath or tag at the end of a shoelace, ribbon, etc
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a variant spelling of aiguillette
3. (Clothing & Fashion) any ornamental pendant
[C15: from Old French aiguillette a small needle]


(ˈæg lɪt)

1. a tag or ornament at the ends of a shoelace, cord, ribbon, etc.
[1400–50; < Middle French aiguillette=aiguille needle (see aiguille) + -ette -et]


- The plastic or metal covering on the end of a shoelace (formerly called the point) that makes it easier to thread through the eyelet holes.
See also related terms for plastic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aglet - metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbonaglet - metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
sheath - a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
shoe lace, shoelace, shoestring, shoe string - a lace used for fastening shoes
2.aglet - ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniformaglet - ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
braiding, gold braid, braid - trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
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2,3) Telomeres are the terminal part of chromosomes (similar to the plastic aglets of shoelaces), which are known to shorten with each cell division because of "end replication losses.
They work like plastic aglets on shoelaces, preventing chromosomes from fraying and getting chewed up.
There is more and more and more on this ball in this void spinning in this baking heat all encompassed in aglets of time.
Thirteen lace chapes (also known as aglets or aiglets), one with tiny remnants of lace still inside the tube, together with fragments of garments with eyelets indicate their use as fastening strings.
Our system consists of several agents that cooperate to meet the service demands of user, we distinguish: The interface agent, the mediator agent, analyzer agent, transfer agent and security agent task manager agent and executor agent The agents in our system are implemented using the Java [11] language and development platform Aglets [12].
One of life's minor but prevalent annoyances is the deterioration of the aglets on one's shoelaces.
There are no aglets so they only need to be constructed with one material.
A number of platforms are possible candidates for the implementation, including Aglets Work Bench from IBM, Odyssey from General Magic and Voyager from Object Space.
43) On the use of pins and aglets in dressing, see Jenny Tiramani, "Pins and Aglets', in Tara Hemling and Catherine Richardson, eds.
It was not only instructive but downright fun to find out about everyday "pattens," and how they were worn to elevate shoes from the muck of the streets (Riello); how pins and aglets were commonly employed across classes to hold cloth together in different styles (Tiramani); how people regularly buried caches of cloths and other objects to--we aren't exactly sure, ward off evil spirits?
Every detail is carefully considered, from the metallic glazes and stacked-leather heels to the signature aglets that cap each shoelace.
The study provides insights about the interaction between a toxic protein called progerin and telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes like aglets, the plastic tips that bind the ends of shoelaces.