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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction v. - Move by degrees in one direction only.

Usage examples (36)
  • But you just noted that it was more like a ratchet, which isn't a motor.
  • He thinks that so long as the total city budget has grown year to year, and it has, that the ratchet is a myth.
  • The ratchet is a fine-tooth model, meaning it takes less than five degrees of swing to activate the ratcheting mechanism.
  • We do not believe that any of these so-called ratchet clauses should be used to hand over more powers from Britain to the EU. for more
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