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detent

noun (n)

  • a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: click, dog, pawl
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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