This tool is an example of a ratchet.
- The definition of a ratchet is a tool with a wheel and gripped interior that turns in one direction.
An example of a ratchet is the tool used to tighten a nut.
- To ratchet is defined as to move something up or down in small amounts.
An example of ratchet is to slowly increase the pressure on a witness; ratchet up the pressure.
- a toothed wheel (in full ratchet wheel) or bar whose teeth slope in one direction so as to catch and hold a pawl, which thus prevents backward movement
- such a pawl
- such a wheel (or bar) and pawl as a unit: used in some wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. to allow motion in only one direction
Origin of ratchetearlier rochet from Fr, lance head, distaff from Italian rocchetto, bobbin, spindle, diminutive of rocca, distaff from Gothic an unverified form rukka, akin to Old High German roccho, spindle, distaff from Indo-European base an unverified form ruk(k)-, spun yarn
- A mechanism consisting of a pawl that engages the sloping teeth of a wheel or bar, permitting motion in one direction only.
- The pawl, wheel, or bar of this mechanism.
verbratch·et·ed, ratch·et·ing, ratch·ets
Origin of ratchetFrench rochet from Old French rocquet head of a lance (from the shape of the teeth) of Germanic origin
Origin of ratchetFrom ratchet 1 ( the dance being introduced in the recording “Do the Ratchet” (1999) by American rapper Anthony Mark “Mr. Mandigo” Mandigo (born 1975) )
(third-person singular simple present ratchets, present participle ratcheting, simple past and past participle ratcheted)
- To cause to become incremented or decremented.
- It's time to ratchet up the intensity level here.
- (intransitive) To increment or decrement.
(comparative more ratchet, superlative most ratchet)
- (US, slang) ghetto (unseemly and indecorous)