What does ratchet mean?

Definitions for ratchetˈrætʃ ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ratchet.

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

  3. Origin: [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."

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nicoley Baublies:

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

  2. Trey Gowdy:

    Letters haven't worked. Southern politeness hasn't worked. We're going to ratchet it up.

  3. The Tea Party:

    Senate Republicans are about to cave in to President Obama, it’s time … to ratchet up the pressure on wobbly Senators.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    The notion that we can simply ratchet up sanctions further and further and further and then ultimately Putin changes his mind, I think is a miscalculation.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of ratchet

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Translations for ratchet

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • اسئلةArabic
  • Ratsche, Sperrklinke, GesperreGerman
  • matracaSpanish
  • آچار بوکسPersian
  • räikkä, hylsyavainFinnish
  • רַעֲשָׂןHebrew
  • nottolino, arpionismo, ruota a cricchetto, munire di arpionismo, cricchetto, funzionare grazie ad un arpionismo, chiave a cricchettoItalian
  • 래칫Korean
  • sperrehjul, klinkehake, sperrehakeNorwegian
  • храповикRussian
  • شافٹUrdu

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