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A catch or lever that locks the movement of one part of a mechanism.

[French détente, a loosening, from Old French destente, from feminine past participle of destendre, to release : des-, de- + tendre, to stretch (from Latin tendere; see ten- in Indo-European roots).]


(Mechanical Engineering) the locking piece of a mechanism, often spring-loaded to check the movement of a wheel in one direction only. See also pawl
[C17: from Old French destente, a loosening, trigger: see détente]



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.
[1680–90; < French détente, Old French destente, derivative of destendre to relax =des- dis-1 + tendre to stretch; see tender2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detent - a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backwarddetent - a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
catch, stop - a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
rachet, ratch, ratchet - mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
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Kit contains A-1 Sight Drum Pin, A-2 Windage Knob pin, bolt catch pin, bolt catch spring, bolt gas rings, buffer retainer spring, CAR buffer spring STD buffer spring, ejection port cover spring, ejector retainer pin, firing pin retainer pin, flash suppressor lock washer, forward assist pin, forward assist spring, sling swivel rivet, front sight detent spring, gas tube pin, hammer spring, mag catch spring, trigger spring, trigger guard pin, spring, pivot pin spring, takedown pin spring, sn pistol grip star washer & pistol grip screw.
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The encoders have 20 detents per revolution with rotational torque of detent rated at a maximum of 1.
Piher can design up to 27 different detent configurations anywhere within the electrical rotation.
The unique hard-chromed detent interface decreases drive-ring wear when the balls are pressed against the face during jog-to-position engagement, extending operational life as well as ensuring complete disengagement every time-without premature re-engagement, the company explained.