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Detent

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Detent

(Science: mechanics) 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.

Origin: f. Detente, fr. Detendre to unbend, relax; pref. De- (L. Dis- or de) _ tendre to stretch. See distend.