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Webster 1913 Edition


Detent

De-tent′

,
Noun.
[F.
détente
, fr.
détendre
to unbend, relax; pref.
dé-
(L.
dis-
or
de
) +
tendre
to stretch. See
Distend
.]
(Mech.)
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Detent

DETENT

,
Noun.
[L.] A stop in a clock, which by being lifted up or let down, locks and unlocks the clock in striking.

Definition 2023


detent

detent

English

Noun

detent (plural detents)

  1. 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.
    • 1972, Mayer et al., United States Patent 3760640, abstract:
      A UHF tuner having 70 detent positions with fine tuning capability at all locations. Coarse tuning is accomplished via a toothed, detented disk and a spirally-extending rim having a follower lever operable therewith.

Verb

detent (third-person singular simple present detents, present participle detenting, simple past and past participle detented)

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

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