What is another word for detent?

Pronunciation: [dɪtˈɛnt] (IPA)

Detent, a term used in mechanical engineering, denotes a device or mechanism that holds or locks a moving part in position. Some synonyms for detent include latch, stop, catch, lock, pawl, click, and notch. Additionally, in some contexts, detent can be used interchangeably with the terms positioning, locating, and indexing. These synonyms describe actions and mechanisms that play important roles in machines, such as stopping and locking gears or controlling the paths of moving parts. Engineers and technicians must be able to identify and use these words accurately to communicate effectively about mechanical systems.

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  • Independent

    • Adjective
      holddown, retention-of-title.
    • Noun, singular or mass
      fastener, restraint.

What are the hypernyms for Detent?

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What are the hyponyms for Detent?

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  • hyponyms for detent (as nouns)

What are the holonyms for Detent?

Holonyms are words that denote a whole whose part is denoted by another word.
  • holonyms for detent (as nouns)

Usage examples for Detent

Physically a dinosaur's brain may show as much intensity of energy-exchange as a man's, but it can do infinitely fewer things, because as a force of detent it can only unlock the dinosaur's muscles, while the man's brain, by unlocking far feebler muscles, indirectly can by their means issue proclamations, write books, describe Chartres Cathedral, etc.
"The Letters of William James, Vol. II"
William James
An apparatus has recently been applied to watches, by which the hand which indicates seconds leaves a small dot of ink on the dial-plate whenever a certain stop or detent is pushed in.
"On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures"
Charles Babbage
The depth of feed is regulated by a patent detent lever which engages with the teeth of a ratchet wheel, till released therefrom by contact with the adjustable stop.
"Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II"
Joshua Rose

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