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I set my ratchet scales against the sides, and nothing can dislodge me.

The ratchet wheel and pawl shown in fig. 48 are part of the lubricator.

We think a ratchet wheel should not be employed with equidistant pallets.

A ratchet prevents the arbor from being turned backwards by the spring.

The driving-wheel is assumed to be on the further side of the ratchet.

Pendant and ratchet burners according to number of lights in rooms.

This can be used on a rod, and put into and out of gear by a ratchet.

Motion was imparted to the front wheel by means of a ratchet.

An illustration is given of a lock of a safe cut away by a ratchet.

The upper engages the ratchet of the cylinder when the revolution begins.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, rochet, from French rochet "bobbin, spindle," from Italian rocchetto "spool, ratchet," diminutive of rocca "distaff," possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukka-, from PIE root *ruk- "fabric, spun yarn." Cf. rocket (n.2). Current spelling in English dates from 1721, influenced by synonymous ratch, which perhaps is borrowed from German Rätsche "ratchet."

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