Detent meaning

dĭ-tĕnt
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A catch or lever that locks the movement of one part of a mechanism.
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A part that stops or releases a movement, as a catch for controlling the striking of a clock.
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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.
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The action of creating a detent mechanism to lock or unlock movement.
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Origin of detent

  • French détente a loosening from Old French destente from feminine past participle of destendre to release des- de- tendre to stretch (from Latin tendere ten- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French détente, from Latin tendere (“to stretch”).

    From Wiktionary