cotter

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cotter (plural cotters)

  1. (mechanical engineering) A pin or wedge inserted through a slot to hold machine parts together.
  2. (informal) a cotter pin.
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The terms cotter and "cotter pin" are sometimes used interchangeably, although they have different functions. Basically a cotter holds parts together and a "cotter pin" holds the cotter in its place. For a more detailed explanation see Wikipedia articles on cotter and cotter pin.

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cotter (third-person singular simple present cotters, present participle cottering, simple past and past participle cottered)

  1. (transitive) To fasten with a cotter.

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cotter (plural cotters)

  1. A peasant who performed labour in exchange for the right to live in a cottage.
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