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  • n. A ratchet wheel; a toothed wheel engaging a detent or pawl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as rotche.
  • n. A ratchet wheel, or notched bar, with which a pawl or click works.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stretch or pull asunder.
  • To spot or streak.
  • Nautical, to make a stretch or varying stretches in sailing; sail by the wind or by tacks; stand off and on.
  • Same as rash.
  • To cut; to hack; to notch.
  • n. In a machine, a bar having angular teeth, into which a pawl drops, to prevent the machine from being reversed in motion. A circular ratch is a ratchet-wheel.
  • n. In clockwork, a sort of wheel having fangs, which serve to lift the detents and thereby cause the clock to strike.
  • n. A straight line.
  • n. A white mark on the face of a horse.
  • n. A dog that hunts by scent.
  • n. There are in England and Scotland two kinds of hunting dogs: the first is called a rache; and this is a footscenting creature, both of wild beasts, birds, and fishes also which lie hid among the rocks; the female hereof is called in England a brache.
  • n. A subsoil of stone and gravel mixed with clay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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