Origin of ratchet2
Related formsratch·et·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for rachet
The machine consists of several pulleys, a length of wire cable, and a rachet mechanism to give leverage.
He threw the lever over as far as it would go and advanced the spark lever to the end of the rachet.The Motor Boys Afloat|Clarence Young
Fig. 21 shows the connections of one automatic burner and two pendant or rachet burners.Electric Gas Lighting|Norman H. Schneider
There is the creaking of a chain, and the loud tinkle as the check of the capstan falls into the rachet.Dracula|Bram Stoker
Then a lever clicked over a rachet, then another; and the auto began puffing regularly, and moved slowly out into the street.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar