cotter pin Machinery
1. a split pin secured, after passing through holes in the parts to be attached, by spreading the ends
2. a tapered pin threaded at the smaller end and secured by a nut after insertion
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a wire strip semicircular in cross section and bent approximately in half. Cotter pins are used to fasten lightly stressed, coupled parts or to prevent nuts from loosening. After a cotter pin is inserted through a hole, its ends are separated. Half of the pin is longer than the other for convenient separation. Cotter pins are made of carbon steel.
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cotter pin[′käd·ər ‚pin]
A split pin, inserted into a hole, to hold a nut or cotter securely to a bolt or shaft, or to hold a pair of hinge plates together.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
cotter pin: above, below, installation
A metal pin used for fastening; the split ends which project beyond the pin hole are bent back from the axis of the pin.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A type of split pin used to safely secure a castle nut or a clevis pin. It is formed by doubling a piece of wire, semicircular in cross section, to form a loop at one end. After insertion in a hole or a slot in a nut and through mating crosswise holes in a bolt, the ends of the pins are bent to hold them in place. This fastener is widely used in locations where service inspection is difficult and failure would be disastrous. They are also used to prevent relative motion or sliding. Also called a cotter key
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