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detent

[ dih-tent ]
/ dɪˈtɛnt /
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noun Machinery.

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

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Origin of detent

1680–90; <French détente,Old French destente, derivative of destendre to relax, equivalent to des-dis-1 + tendre to stretch; see tender2
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British Dictionary definitions for detent

detent
/ (dɪˈtɛnt) /

noun

the locking piece of a mechanism, often spring-loaded to check the movement of a wheel in one direction onlySee also pawl

Word Origin for detent

C17: from Old French destente, a loosening, trigger: see détente
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