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English noun: ratchet

1. ratchet (artifact) mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction


Synonymsrachet, ratch


Broader (hypernym)mechanical device


Part holonymclick, detent, dog, pawl, ratchet wheel


Part meronymratchet screwdriver, spiral ratchet screwdriver


English verb: ratchet

1. ratchet (motion) move by degrees in one direction only


SamplesA ratcheting lopping tool.


Synonymsrachet up, ratchet down


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress









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