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ratchet wheel

noun
1.
a wheel, with teeth on the edge, into which a pawl drops or catches, as to prevent reversal of motion or convert reciprocating motion into rotatory motion.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • The significant inputs of a ratchet consist of a handle forging, a toothed ratchet wheel, and a reversible pawl.

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