verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of ratchet1
Definition for ratchet (2 of 2)
Origin of ratchet2
OTHER WORDS FROM ratchetratch·et·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for ratchet
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