What does ratchet mean?

Definitions for ratchet
ˈrætʃ ɪtratch·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ratchet, rachet, ratchverb

    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 downverb

    move by degrees in one direction only

    "a ratcheting lopping tool"


  1. ratchetnoun

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

  2. ratchetnoun

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

  3. ratchetnoun

    A ratchet wrench.

  4. ratchetverb

    To cause to become incremented or decremented.

  5. ratchetverb

    To increment or decrement.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ratchetnoun

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

  2. Ratchetnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [Properly a diminutive from the same word as rack: cf. F. rochet. See 2d Ratch, Rack the instrument.]


  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."

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ratchet

    A saw-toothed wheel in machinery, as the winch, windlass, &c., in which the paul catches.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ratchet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ratchet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ratchet in a Sentence

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    But I have some advice. Ratchet the sanctions all the way up. Don't hold any back. Every single available tough sanction should be employed and should be employed now, there's no such thing as a little invasion.

  2. Roxana Mehran:

    This is a catheter-based procedure. What's most important for people to understand : We're not opening up anyone's chest, we like people to get up and move the next day. I think we would tell people to take a few days off before they ratchet it up, because we just want the arteries to heal.

  3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    Let me suggest that had the President and his team spent as much time trying to ratchet up the sanctions on the Iranians over the last two years as they have entering into an agreement, which most of us are highly skeptical of as to having any positive impact at all, we'd have ended up in better place.

  4. Nicoley Baublies:

    We want to ratchet up the pressure in mediation with the outcome of the ballot.

  5. John Thune:

    I know the administration has its position on that, but there would be a lot of bipartisan support for jets, we're going to hear from Zelensky again tomorrow and I'm sure he'll make an ask to ratchet up the level of assistance we're providing, to include the MiGs.

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