Definition of Cotter pin

1. Noun. A cotter consisting of a split pin that is secured (after passing through a hole) by splitting the ends apart.

Generic synonyms: Cottar, Cotter



Definition of Cotter pin

1. Noun. A split pin, the ends of which project through an object being fastened and are bent back to hold it in place ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cotter Pin

cottage tent
cottage tulip
cottaged
cottageless
cottagelike
cottager
cottagers
cottages
cottagey
cottaging
cottar
cottars
cottas
cotted
cotter
cotter pin (current term)
cotter pins
cottered
cottering
cotterless
cotters
cottid
cottids
cottier
cottiers
cottise
cottised
cottises
cottising
cottoid

Literary usage of Cotter pin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"COTTER or COTTER-PIN, s. (i) an iron peg inserted in the bars of a ... COTTER-PIN, s. See COTTER (i). COTTON MESTER, s. the proprietor of a cotton factory. ..."

2. Structural Design by Horace Richmond Thayer (1912)
"cotter pin. The material is ordered exact to length and of a size of round ... It is then turned down and a 7/16" hole for af " cotter pin placed as shown. ..."

3. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"After having secured a good fit, securely lock the nut and spread the cotter pin. Before fitting the gear examine the key. If this is loose in the shaft or ..."

4. The Horseless Age (1903)
"We assumed that the cotter pin had not been opened properly and the next one ... After returning to Reading the cotter pin was replaced with a longer one, ..."

5. Aviation Engines: Design--construction--operation and Repair; a Complete by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1917)
""With the cotter pin pliers the ends may be brought close together and as the plier jaws are small the pin may be easily pushed in place. ..."

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