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cotter

1 Machinery
1. 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
2. short for cotter pin

cotter

2
1. English history a villein in late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times occupying a cottage and land in return for labour
2. a peasant occupying a cottage and land in the Scottish Highlands under the same tenure as an Irish cottier

cotter

[′käd·ər]
(design engineering)
A tapered piece that can be driven in a tapered hole to hold together an assembly of machine or structural parts.

cotter

A beveled piece of wood or steel, used as a wedge for fastening.
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The term cottar commonly imports the occupier of a dwelling with or without some small portion of land, whose main subsistence is by the wages of labour, and whose rent, if any, is paid to a tenant and not to the landlord.
Thus she, like the Cottars, is willing to sacrifice all for the meanest kind of social standing.
Our camps, Cottars 1920 Camp Maasai Mara and Singita Mara River Tented Camp, allowed us to chill in full glamour mode.
For the tenant farmers and the cottars, the system of obligations remained and they continued to uphold their part of the traditional bargain, expecting the land-owners to do the same.
it is almost impossible for the poor cottars of the west to pay for medical attendance .
As Christiansen demonstrates, this revival "could be viewed as a nostalgic longing for the old-time culture which was so rapidly disappearing, but in reality it was a demonstration of class identity by which prosperous farmers could distance themselves horizontally relative to the townspeople and vertically from the cottars, craftsmen and labourers.
Northfield had seven villeins, 16 bordars, six cottars or cottagers, two serfs (probably male slaves), and one female bondswoman (slave) - and their families.
In recent times many artists steeped in the region's Celtic-Canadian heritage have become international stars in the folk and country music industries, including fiddlers Natalie MacMaster (1973-) and Ashley MacIsaac (1975-), vocalist Mary Jane Lamond (1960-), and ensembles the Cottars and the Rankins.
Given these legally recognized protections, entropy among the elite overlay continuity among the cottars.
Labor in the countryside was supplied by four groups of people--(1) the tenant who owed labor services to the master of the ground; (2) the cottars who were settled on the fermions, each with a cothouse and yard; (3) the unmarried laborers, of then the relatives of tenants and cottars; and (4) a group of skilled workers such as ploughmen, barnmen or threshers, shepherds, sawyers, and limeburners; and some of these needed alternative work out of season.
MUSIC: Young Cape Breton singers The Cottars take to the Southport Arts Centre stage on Friday.
Indeed, four-fifths of the recorded heads of household in 1086 are dependent labourers of some sort, ranging from the villein class--over a third of the entire population--through bordars, cottars, burs and slaves or serfs (servi), the last class amounting to nearly a tenth of the recorded population.