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.

Nearby words

  1. detectable,
  2. detection,
  3. detective,
  4. detector,
  5. detectorist,
  6. detente,
  7. detention,
  8. detention camp,
  9. detention centre,
  10. detention home

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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