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Meaning of “ratchet” in the English Dictionary

"ratchet" in British English

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ratchetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈrætʃ.ɪt/
a ​part of a ​machine that ​allowsmovement in one ​direction only. It is usually a ​wheel with teeth-like ​parts that either ​slide over or ​lock against the ​free end of a ​bar.
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ratchet" in American English

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ratchetverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈrætʃ·ɪt/
to ​change an ​activity, ​amount, or ​feeling by ​degrees: [I] Interest ​rates always ratchet down in an ​electionyear. [M] Critics are ​trying to ratchet up ​publicpressure on ​lawmakers.
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ratchet" in Business English

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ratchetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈrætʃɪt/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET an ​arrangement by which ​managers are given ​increasingnumbers of ​shares in a ​company in relation to ​increases in its ​profits or ​success: The ​sale has been ​rewarding for the ​chiefexecutive, whose ​original 20% ​stakegrew to 30% under a ratchet ​arrangement.
PRODUCTION a ​part of a ​machine that ​allowscontrolledmovement in one direction only
a ​system that ​controlsactivity: Tightening the interest-rate ratchet to ​controlinflation would ​risktipping the ​economy into a nasty ​downturn.
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ratchet”
in Chinese (Simplified) 棘轮,棘齿…
in Chinese (Traditional) 棘輪,棘齒…
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