Definitions for detentdɪˈtɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•tentdɪˈtɛnt(n.)

  1. a mechanism that temporarily keeps one part in a certain position relative to another, and can be released by applying force to one of the parts.

    Category: Machinery

Origin of detent:

1680–90; < F détente, OF destente, der. of destendre to relax =des-dis -1+tendre to stretch; see tender2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pawl, detent, click, dog(noun)

    a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

Wiktionary

  1. detent(Noun)

    That which locks or unlocks a movement; a catch, pawl, or dog; especially, in clockwork, the catch which locks and unlocks the wheelwork in striking.

  2. detent(Verb)

    The action of creating a detent mechanism to lock or unlock movement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detent(noun)

    that which locks or unlocks a movement; a catch, pawl, or dog; especially, in clockwork, the catch which locks and unlocks the wheelwork in striking

Freebase

  1. Detent

    A detent is a device used to mechanically resist or arrest the rotation of a wheel, axle, or spindle. Such a device can be anything ranging from a simple metal pin to a machine. The term is also used for the method involved. Detents are for example used to simply arrest rotation in one direction or to intentionally divide a rotation into discrete increments.

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