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Definitions and Synonyms of ratchet | Another word for ratchet | What is ratchet?

Definition 1: mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for ratchet in the sense of this definition

(ratchet is a kind of ...) mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

(ratchet is a part of ...) a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

(ratchet is a part of ...) toothed wheel held in place by a pawl or detent and turned by a lever

(... is part of ratchet) a screwdriver with a ratchet (so the blade turns in only one direction) and a spiral in the handle (so the blade rotates) with downward pressure on the handle

Definition 2: move by degrees in one direction only - [verb of motion]

Samples where ratchet or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ratcheting lopping tool

Synonyms for ratchet in the sense of this definition

(ratchet is a kind of ...) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

"Time marches on"

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