Definitions for: Cotter

[n] fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
[n] a medieval English villein
[n] a peasant farmer in the Scottish highlands

Webster (1913) Definition: Cot"ter, Cottar Cot"tar (k?t"t?r), n. [LL. cotarius,
cottarius, coterius. See Cot.]
A cottager; a cottier. --Burns.

Through Sandwich Notch the West Wind sang Good morrow
to the cotter. --Whittier.

Cot"ter (k[o^]t"t[~e]r), n.
1. A piece of wood or metal, commonly wedge-shaped, used for
fastening together parts of a machine or structure. It is
driven into an opening through one or all of the parts.

Note: [See Illust.] In the United States a cotter is commonly
called a key.

2. A toggle.

Cot"ter, v. t.
To fasten with a cotter.

Synonyms: cottar, cottar, cottier

See Also: bucolic, cotter pin, fastener, fastening, fixing, helot, holdfast, peasant, provincial, serf, villein

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