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    ratchet

    ratchet - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ratchet

    Definition
    (noun) mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
    Synonyms : rachet , ratch
    Definition
    (verb) move by degrees in one direction only
    Synonyms : rachet up , ratchet down
    Example Sentence
    • a ratcheting lopping tool
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