Detent

  • 1 Detent — De*tent , n. [F. d[ e]tente, fr. d[ e]tendre to unbend, relax; pref. d[ e] (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… …

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  • 2 detent — [dē′tent΄; ] also [ di tent′] n. [Fr détente < détendre, to relax, unbend < dé (L dis ), from + tendre, to stretch: see TEND2] Mech. a part that stops or releases a movement, as a catch for controlling the striking of a clock …

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  • 3 Detent — Not to be confused with Détente. Detent is the term for a method, as well as the actual device, used to mechanically resist or arrest the rotation of a wheel, axle or spindle. A detent can be used to intentionally divide a rotation into discrete… …

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  • 4 detent — 1. noun 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. A UHF tuner having 70 detent positions with fine tuning capability at all locations.… …

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  • 5 detent — noun Etymology: French détente, from Middle French destente, from destendre to slacken, from Old French, from des de + tendre to stretch, from Latin tendere more at thin Date: 1688 a device (as a catch, dog, or spring operated ball) for… …

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  • 6 detent — /di tent /, n. Mach. 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. [1680 90; < F détente, OF destente, deriv. of destendre to relax, equiv …

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  • 7 detent — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. catch, pawl. See hindrance …

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  • 8 detent — de·tent || dɪ tent n. device that holds one object in a certain position relative to another object …

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  • 9 detent — 1) netted 2) tented …

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  • 10 detent — [dɪ tɛnt] noun a catch in a machine which prevents motion until released. ↘(in a clock) a catch that regulates striking. Origin C17: from Fr. détente, from OFr. destente, from destendre slacken …

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  • 11 detent — n. Pawl, click, catch, ratchet …

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  • 12 detent — de·tent …

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  • 13 detent — de•tent [[t]dɪˈtɛnt[/t]] n. mac a mechanism that temporarily keeps one part in a certain position relative to another, and can be released by applying force to one of the parts • Etymology: 1680–90; < F détente, OF destente, der. of destendre… …

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  • 14 detent — I. /dəˈtɛnt/ (say duh tent) noun a piece of a mechanism which, when disengaged, releases the operating power, or by which the action is prevented or checked; a catch, as in a lock, clock, etc.; a pawl. {French détente, from détendre relax, from… …

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  • 15 detent — n. 1 a catch by the removal of which machinery is allowed to move. 2 (in a clock etc.) a catch that regulates striking. Etymology: F deacutetente f. OF destente f. destendre slacken (as DE , L tendere) …

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  • 16 detent ball and spring — A spring loaded ball that snaps into a groove or notch to hold some sliding object in position …

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  • 17 Ball detent — A ball detent is a simple mechanical arrangement used to hold a moving part in a temporarily fixed position relative to another part. Usually the moving parts slide with respect to each other, or one part rotates within the other.The ball is a… …

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  • 18 Marine chronometer — Breguet twin barrel box chronometer. Classification Clock Industry Transportation …

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  • 19 Escapement — redirects here. For the fisheries term for the stock surviving fishing pressures over a spawning cycle, see Spawn (biology). For other uses, see Escapement (disambiguation). A deadbeat escapement, used in many pendulum clocks. Click above to see… …

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  • 20 Spyder MR1 — paintball marker caption=A Spyder MR1 with detachable stock marker type=Mechanical(MR1)Electronic (E MR1) action=Semi Automatic(MR1)Full Automatic, Burst, Semi Automatic(E MR1) barrel=12 inch Muzzle Brake Barrel bore=.68 inches rof=Semi… …

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