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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  and 
  unlocks  the  wheelwork  in  striking. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detent 
  n  :  a  hinged  device  that  fits  into  a  notch  of  a  ratchet  to  move 
  a  wheel  forward  or  prevent  it  from  moving  backward  [syn: 
  {pawl},  {click},  {dog}] 




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