Definition of ratchet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪt//
jump to other results
a wheel or bar with teeth along the edge and a metal piece that fits between the teeth, allowing movement in one direction only Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French rochet, originally denoting a blunt lance head, later in the sense ‘bobbin, ratchet’; related to the base of archaic rock ‘quantity of wool on a distaff for spinning’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ratchet

Other results

All matches
Phrasal verbs