• IPA: /ˈɹætʃɪt/

ratchet (plural ratchets)

  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.
  3. A ratchet wrench.
  4. (by extension) A procedure or regulation that goes in one direction, usually up.
Translations Translations
  • German: Gesperre
  • Italian: ruota a cricchetto, arpionismo
  • Russian: храпови́к
  • Spanish: matraca
Translations Verb

ratchet (ratchets, present participle ratcheting; past and past participle ratcheted)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become incremented or decremented.
    It's time to ratchet up the intensity level here.
  2. (intransitive) To increment or decrement.
  • Italian: munire di arpionismo
  • Italian: funzionare grazie ad un arpionismo


  1. (US, slang) Ghetto; unseemly, indecorous.

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