a pin, wedge, key, or the like, fitted or driven into an opening to secure something or hold parts together.
to secure with a cotter.
Other definitions for cotter (2 of 2)
Scot. a person occupying a plot of land and cottage, paid for in services.
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How to use cotter in a sentence
Criticism The New York Times Awarded to Holland cotter for his series of luminous and diverse art critiques for The Times.
By using the proper-sized cotter, a substantial and quickly made repair will be the result.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
A continuous wire passing through all of the bolts and nuts is sometimes used instead of the individual cotter pins.The Gasoline Motor | Harold Whiting Slauson
Then, putting on waterproof coats, we rode over to the place which had excited my wife's desire to become a cotter.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein | Frank R. Stockton
When they first heard of the proposed journey, Paul cotter pulled Henry to one side.The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
It came to the ears of Paul cotter, and the heart of the loyal youth grew hot within him.The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for cotter (1 of 2)
any part, such as a pin, wedge, key, etc, that is used to secure two other parts so that relative motion between them is prevented
short for cotter pin
(tr) to secure (two parts) with a cotter
British Dictionary definitions for cotter (2 of 2)
Also called: cottier English history a villein in late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times occupying a cottage and land in return for labour
Also called: cottar a peasant occupying a cottage and land in the Scottish Highlands under the same tenure as an Irish cottier
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