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ratchet

1. a device in which a toothed rack or wheel is engaged by a pawl to permit motion in one direction only
2. the toothed rack or wheel forming part of such a device

ratchet

[′rach·ət]
(design engineering)
A wheel, usually toothed, operating with a catch or a pawl so as to rotate in only a single direction.
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The ECA Secure-Fast ratchet comes configured with either an industry-standard AO or quarter-of-an-inch square hub connector that can mate with legacy stainless steel drivers and shafts used across all types of surgeries.
PET Tremont sprayers with non-ratchet necks will usually have higher minimums and may also have longer lead times than bottles with ratchet necks.
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But he says HMRC has now reversed its position in two areas, ratchet share incentives and special rules where private equity backing is mainly in the form of debt.
Then an answer arose in two short pieces of rope and a ratchet strap used to tie down my four-wheeler.
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In the case of casting machines and trim presses with large vertical loads (the load being the portion of the die raised up during operation cycles to provide worker access), ratchet bar systems are the standard safety measure to support the vertical loads in case of machine failure.