AskDefine | Define ratchet

Dictionary Definition

ratchet n : mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction [syn: rachet, ratch] v : move by degrees in one direction only; "a ratcheting lopping tool" [syn: rachet up, ratchet down]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A pawl, click or detent for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.
  2. A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch and pawl.
  3. A ratchet wrench.

Translations

pawl, click or detent for a ratchet wheel
Ratchet wrench
mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel and pawl
ratchet wrench

Verb

  1. To cause to become incremented or decremented.
  2. To increment or decrement.
    It's time to ratchet up the intensity level here.

Translations

transitive

Extensive Definition

A ratchet may refer to:
ratchet in Japanese: ラチェット (曖昧さ回避)

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