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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ratch·et /ˈræʧət/
 制輪裝置;[防倒轉的] 棘齒

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ratch·et n.
 1. A pawl, click, or detent, for holding or propelling a ratchet wheel, or ratch, etc.
 2. A mechanism composed of a ratchet wheel, or ratch, and pawl.  See Ratchet wheel, below, and 2d Ratch.
 Ratchet brace Mech., a boring brace, having a ratchet wheel and pawl for rotating the tool by back and forth movements of the brace handle.
 Ratchet drill, a portable machine for working a drill by hand, consisting of a hand lever carrying at one end a drill holder which is revolved by means of a ratchet wheel and pawl, by swinging the lever back and forth.
 Ratchet wheel Mach., a circular wheel having teeth, usually angular, with which a reciprocating pawl engages to turn the wheel forward, or a stationary pawl to hold it from turning backward.
 Note:In the cut, the moving pawl c slides over the teeth in one direction, but in returning, draws the wheel with it, while the pawl d prevents it from turning in the contrary direction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack
          engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one
          direction [syn: rachet, ratch]
      v : move by degrees in one direction only; "a ratcheting lopping
          tool" [syn: rachet up, ratchet down]