ratch|et «RACH iht», noun, verb.
1. a wheel or bar with teeth that come against a catch so that motion is permitted in one direction but nin the other.
2. the catch.
3. the entire device, wheel and catch or bar and catch.
to operate or move by means of a ratchet: »

One crew attached the chain,…secured the cable, and ratcheted the lever with verve (Punch).

to move in the manner of a ratchet.
[< French rochet < Italian rocchetto bobbin, spindle, (diminutive) < rocca distaff < Germanic (compare Old High German roccho distaff)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Ratch — (r[a^]ch), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Rotche}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ratch — /rach/, n. a ratchet. * * * …   Universalium

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