Definitions for ratchetˈrætʃ ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ratch•etˈrætʃ ɪt(n.)

  1. a toothed bar or wheel with which a pawl engages. a pawl or the like used with a ratchet. a mechanism consisting of such a bar or wheel with the pawl.

    Category: Machinery

  2. (v.i.)to move by degrees (often fol. by up or down).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of ratchet:

1650–60; alter. of F rochet; MF rocquet a blunt lance-head < Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ratchet, rachet, ratch(verb)

    mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction

  2. ratchet, rachet up, ratchet down(verb)

    move by degrees in one direction only

    "a ratcheting lopping tool"


  1. ratchet(Noun)

    A pawl, click or detent for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.

  2. ratchet(Noun)

    A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch and pawl.

  3. ratchet(Noun)

    A ratchet wrench.

  4. ratchet(Verb)

    To cause to become incremented or decremented.

  5. ratchet(Verb)

    To increment or decrement.

    It's time to ratchet up the intensity level here.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ratchet(noun)

    a pawl, click, or detent, for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc

  2. Ratchet(noun)

    a mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch, and pawl. See Ratchet wheel, below, and 2d Ratch


  1. Ratchet

    Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. According to the original creator of the Transformers names, Bob Budiansky, Ratchet was named after the character of Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The name Ratchet is almost always portrayed as an Autobot medic who turns into an ambulance. Ratchet is sometimes referred to by the trademarked names "Autobot Ratchet" or "Rescue Ratchet."

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