WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cot•ter1 /ˈkɑtɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
Mechanical Engineeringa pin or wedge inserted into an opening to secure something.
Mechanical EngineeringAlso,ˈcot•ter ˌpin. a pin having a split end that is spread after being pushed through a hole to prevent it from working loose.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
Mechanical Engineeringa pin, wedge, key, or the like, fitted or driven into an opening to secure something or hold parts together.
Mechanical EngineeringSee cotter pin.
Mechanical Engineeringto secure with a cotter.
Middle English coter;
akin to late Middle English coterell iron bracket;
of uncertain origin, originally
- Scottish Terms[Scot.]a person occupying a plot of land and cottage, paid for in services.
- cottager (def. 2).
- Anglo-French cot(i)er; see cot2, -er2
- Middle English cotere 1175–1225
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cotter /ˈkɒtə/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: shortened from cotterel, of unknown origin
- any part, such as a pin, wedge, key, etc, that is used to secure two other parts so that relative motion between them is prevented
- short for cotter pin
cotter /ˈkɒtə/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin cotārius, from Middle English cote cot²
Also called: cottier a villein in late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times occupying a cottage and land in return for labour
- Also called: cottar a peasant occupying a cottage and land in the Scottish Highlands under the same tenure as an Irish cottier
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