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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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