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Ratchet   /rˈætʃət/  /rættʃət/   Listen

Mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction.  Synonyms: rachet, ratch.

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"Ratchet" Quotes from Famous Books

... can swing back my head, and flatten the nape of my neck, as well as any deadly adder. I can also strike, but there is no poison behind the blow. My only weapon of offence is smell, a sickening musty smell, that makes the enemy loose his hold. Once I am halfway down a hole, I'm safe. I set my ratchet scales against the sides, and nothing can dislodge me. Only a jerk is dangerous, and that must be accomplished before I ...
— "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" - Studies of Animal life and Character • Douglas English

... Movements" that comprised scores of patents issued throughout the middle decades of the 19th century. A sampling of these patents shows that while some were for devices used in particular machines—such as a ratchet device for a numbering machine, a locking index for gunmaking machinery, and a few gear trains—the great majority were for converting reciprocating motion to rotary motion. Even a cursory examination of these patents reveals an appalling absence of sound mechanical sense, and ...
— Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt • Eugene S. Ferguson

... tweezers. The result was that I could get screws back into their holes without dropping them, especially when I put little pads of Alnico on the point of each tweezer to give me a really potent magnet. Then we had to cook up an offset screwdriver with a ratchet that would let me reach in about a yard and still run a number 0-80 machine screw up tight. That called for a kind of torque-limit clutch ...
— The Trouble with Telstar • John Berryman

Words linked to "Ratchet" :   pass on, dog, progress, pawl, mechanical device, move on, detent, go on, click, ratchet down, advance, march on

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