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  Dictionary Definition of ratcheting

ratchet
noun
1. a toothed bar with which a pawl engages.
2. the pawl used with such a device.
3. a mechanism consisting of such a bar or wheel with the pawl.
4. a ratchet wheel.
[F rochet ratchet, bobbin, from It. rocchetto, from rocca distaff, from Gmc; cf. obs. E rock distaff]