Definition of Ratch

1. Noun. Mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction.

Exact synonyms: Rachet, Ratchet
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device
Terms within: Click, Detent, Dog, Pawl, Ratchet Wheel
Group relationships: Ratchet Screwdriver, Spiral Ratchet Screwdriver
Derivative terms: Ratchet

Definition of Ratch

1. n. Same as Rotche.

2. n. A ratchet wheel, or notched bar, with which a pawl or click works.

Definition of Ratch

1. Noun. A ratchet wheel; a toothed wheel engaging a detent or pawl. ¹

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Definition of Ratch

1. a ratchet [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Ratch

1. Same as Rotche. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ratch

ratbite fever
ratbite fever bacterium
ratch (current term)
ratchet down
ratchet jack
ratchet screwdriver
ratchet up
ratchet wheel
ratchet wheels
ratchet wrench
ratchet wrenches

Literary usage of Ratch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Decisions on the Law of Patents for Inventions Rendered by [English Courts by United States Supreme Court, Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, Woodbury Lowery (1887)
"The staple of worsted varies a good deal; from two and a half to twelve inches ; and the ratch for spinning varies according to the twist that is put into ..."

2. Twice-born Men: A Clinic in Regeneration; a Footnote in Narrative to Harold Begbie by Harold Begbie (1909)
"... to which let me narrate a single e of a well-known bank Park, and my Plumber ert thieves employed on •e engaged to stand in ratch the men at work, ..."

3. Reports and Notes of Cases on Letters Patent for Inventions by Thomas Webster (1844)
"The staple of worsted varies a good deal; from 2j to 12 inches; and the ratch for spinning varies according to the twist that is put into the roving. ..."

4. Law Reports of Patent Cases: 1602-1842 by Great Britain Courts (1851)
"The consequence of the maceration or thorough wetting in the trough is that a shorter ratch is required in flax spinning. The extent to which the process of ..."

5. The Horse, in the Stable and the Field: His Varieties, Management in Health by John Henry Walsh (1888)
"Their colour is mostly yellowish, or sorrel, with a white ratch or blaze on their faces. The head large, ears •wide, muzzle coarse, fore-end low, back long, ..."

6. The Phonographic Dictionary and Phrase Book by Benn Pitman, Jerome Bird Howard (1901)
"... ng3 X \ ratch'et X/ J ratch'et-coupling Xv ratch 3 ^ x\ ratch'et-drill ratch'et-lever. ratch'et-wheel ratch'et-wrench rate rate'-book yj / V rate-paying ..."

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