from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanism consisting of a pawl that engages the sloping teeth of a wheel or bar, permitting motion in one direction only.
- n. The pawl, wheel, or bar of this mechanism.
- transitive v. To cause to increase or decrease by increments: "Some companies . . . may make things worse if they seek to ratchet down their medical expenses by limiting benefits for psychological or psychiatric care” ( Newsweek).
- intransitive v. To increase or decrease by increments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pawl, click, or detent for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.
- n. A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch and pawl.
- n. A ratchet wrench.
- n. A procedure or regulation that goes in one direction, usually up.
- v. To cause to become incremented or decremented.
- v. To increment or decrement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pawl, click, or detent, for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.
- n. A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch, and pawl. See Ratchet wheel, below, and 2d Ratch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A detent or pivoted piece designed to fit into the teeth of a ratchet-wheel, permitting the wheel to rotate in one direction, but not in the other.
- n. In printing, a notched straight blade of brass which rotates the pinions attached to the movable clamps of an electrotype plate mounted upon a block.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move by degrees in one direction only
- n. mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
Maybe you believe government spending has a built in ratchet that prevents it from ever really coming down, no matter what party is in power.
In a moment, opening certain ratchet-holes in the wall of the carriage, he has slided these in at a suitable height above, and covered each with cushions and sleeping-rug.
But you just noted that it was more like a ratchet, which isn't a motor.
Every mechanic knows that a ratchet is a toothed wheel or bar used to prevent a gizmo from moving backward.
It has been defanged a bit over the years, starting with Referendum C, which got rid of the so-called ratchet effect and allowed a five-year timeout on revenue limits, so the state could keep the money it collected over TABOR limits.
He thinks that so long as the total city budget has grown year to year, and it has, that the ratchet is a myth.
The ratchet is a fine-tooth model, meaning it takes less than five degrees of swing to activate the ratcheting mechanism.
We do not believe that any of these so-called ratchet clauses should be used to hand over more powers from Britain to the EU.
TABOR has been defanged a bit over the years, starting with Ref C, which got rid of the so-called ratchet effect and allowed a five-year timeout on revenue limits, so the state could keep the money it collected over TABOR limits.
The hames have a series of holes (illogically called a ratchet), and the logger-head's two hook-ends are fitted into two of these.