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Synonyms for ratchet

mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction

move by degrees in one direction only

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Potential licensees in the automotive products industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Ratchet Guard on a worldwide basis.
"Understandably, no-one wanted to pay an up front price for something they may never get if the ratchet targets were missed so the arrangement fell into disuse."
He weighed it again and found that it was lighter, called a supervisor and the ratchet was found in McCall's bag.
Reed's other dual socket ratchet wrenches are the 1,2017 which combines the 1 1/4 inch and 1 1/16-inch sockets and the L1815 which has the 1 1/8-inch and 15/16-inch sockets.
The third installment of the Ratchet & Clank franchise incorporates new elements of gameplay not seen previously in the series, including online and offline multiplayer capabilities that will appeal to a wide variety of players.
Weighing just 222 grams (7.8ozs), these tough, non-rusting pruners have a clever ratchet action which mulitplies the power you exert, progressively cutting with the slightest pressure.
So two years ago, the Burbank game developer with Sony to create what became "Ratchet and Clank." U Interactive then hired Equinoxe to make the next Spyro, "Enter the Dragonfly," setting up a showdown both sides is more coincidence than anything.
Although a Brownian ratchet powered only by erratic particle motion violates the second law of thermodynamics, researchers have come up with workable ratchets in recent years that use oscillating electric fields.
It then examines in depth the unscrewing options, and presents a new approach, the patented "3R" (Rotating Ratchet Ring) design.
South Miami, FL, November 28, 2014 --(PR.com)-- An innovative and highly useful twist on a commonly used hand tool, the Manuel Specialty Ratchet Wrench, has been developed by John H.
Richard Prest at The Rat and Ratchet, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield.
Ratchet and Clank Trilogy, PS Vita RATCHET and Clank have never disappointed and, here, a pair of the PlayStation's finest heroes are back to relive their first three adventures, remastered for the PS Vita small screen.
That's where this tubing cutter and ratchet handle come in handy (General ATC34 3/4" Autocut Tubing Cutter, $25, and RH34 Autocut Ratchet Handle, $8 at plumbersstock.com).
It uses garage door springs to store energy and is wound by a ratchet with a cheater bar.