ratch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ratch 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratch răch A ratchet wheel, or notched bar, with which a pawl or click works.
    • n Ratch răch (Zoöl) Same as Rotche.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ratch To stretch or pull asunder.
    • ratch To spot or streak.
    • ratch Nautical, to make a stretch or varying stretches in sailing; sail by the wind or by tacks; stand off and on.
    • n ratch 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 ratch In clockwork, a sort of wheel having fangs, which serve to lift the detents and thereby cause the clock to strike.
    • n ratch A straight line.
    • n ratch A white mark on the face of a horse.
    • n ratch A dog that hunts by scent.
    • n ratch 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.
    • ratch Same as rash.
    • n ratch A subsoil of stone and gravel mixed with clay.
    • ratch To cut; to hack; to notch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ratch a dog that hunts by scent.
    • n Ratch rach a rack or bar with teeth into which a click drops: the wheel which makes a clock strike: a white mark on the face of a horse
    • v.t Ratch to stretch: to streak
    • v.i Ratch to sail by tacks
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Rack the instrument, Ratchet

Usage

In literature:

This old woman try to scr-r-ratch my face.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
You had no business ratching out of that harbor in the dark.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
We'll hae to row home now, or ratch out a couple o' miles to fetch in.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Ratche, its meaning, 265.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The big balloon gossamer came rattling down the long stay and the jaws of the booms ratched, fore and main, as they swung over.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In news:

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, that would be Nurse Ratched, who dislikes everything about Randle McMurphy and in the end contributes largely to his destruction.
(AP) — Louise Fletcher says she can't bear to watch "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" because the Nurse Ratched character she won an Oscar for is so cruel.
'Cuckoo's Nest' actress says her Nurse Ratched character is too cruel for her to watch anymore.
Louise Fletcher says she can't bear to watch "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" because the Nurse Ratched character she won an Oscar for is so cruel.
Is owned by Banpu PCL (BANPU.TH) and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL (RATCH.TH) with a 40% stake each, with the Laotian Government making up the rest.
Fletcher picked up the Academy Award for Best Actress for her terrifying portrayal of Nurse Ratched in the 1975 cult classic, starring Jack Nicholson as a patient in a mental asylum.
Nurse Ratched actress can't stand ' Cuckoo 's Nest.
Nurse Ratched won't watch ' Cuckoo 's Nest.
At right, Fletcher after winning Best Actress in March 1976 for her performance as Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest".
' Cuckoo 's Nest' actress says her Nurse Ratched character is too cruel for her to watch anymore.
Fletcher says she's no longer able to watch the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest because the character she won an Oscar for, Nurse Ratched, is so cruel.
Louise Fletcher says she's no longer able to watch the movie ìOne Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nestî because the character she won an Oscar for, Nurse Ratched, is so cruel.
The 1975 drama, which won the top five awards at the Oscars, stars Jack Nicholson as a mental-hospital patient who leads a revolt against the hardened Nurse Ratched.
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