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definition of the word cotter

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Singular
cotter

Plural
cotters

cotter (plural cotters)

  1. (mechanical engineering) A pin or wedge inserted through a slot to hold machine parts together.
  2. Erroneously, sometimes used of a cotter pin.

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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