setscrew

noun
set·​screw | \ ˈset-ˌskrü How to pronounce setscrew (audio) \

Definition of setscrew

1 : a screw screwed through one part tightly upon or into another part to prevent relative movement
2 : a screw for regulating a valve opening or a spring tension

Examples of setscrew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tighten the setscrew with a 5⁄32-inch Allen wrench. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2021 Most motors and machines, including anything with belts and pulleys, have tiny setscrews that only accept Allen wrenches. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of setscrew

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Setscrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/setscrew. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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