A catch or lever that locks the movement of one part of a mechanism. (noun)
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Use "detent" in a sentence
"Alps Electric Europe is offering a tiny momentary-type push switch with detent, which is ideal for mirror control for power window units and for the switching of electric devices in a motor vehicle."
"The detent is a component that controls the movement of the shift lever and this area was the subject of a great deal of attention to achieve a positive click with each gear change."
"If the so-called detent The lunacy of all this derangement has been a curious sideshow until this year when it became clear that it is all a part of an intended set-up."