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ratchet mouth

A person who talks incessantly or irrepressibly. Jake is such a ratchet mouth that I find it exhausting talking to him! You need to quit being such a ratchet mouth in the classroom!
See also: mouth, ratchet

ratchet up

1. To increase in speed, intensity, or force over several incremental degrees. Campaigns on both sides of the referendum have been ratcheting up over the last few days. The film's tension ratchets up from beginning to end, leaving you on the edge of your seat by the time the credits roll. Make sure you don't let the engine overheat as it ratchets up, or it could end up burning out.
2. To cause something to increase in speed, intensity, or force over several incremental degrees. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "ratchet" and "up." We've been ratcheting up our negotiations with the militants to try and bring the hostages home safely. We need to ratchet our efforts up if we hope to win the qualifying round next week.
See also: ratchet, up

ratchet

slang Tacky or trashy. Dang, she's ratchet—what the heck is she wearing?

ratchet up

v.
1. To cause something to increase in increments: The motor was running too slow to run the pump, so we ratcheted up the speed until it worked. We won't resolve our disagreements if you ratchet up our discussions into big arguments.
2. To increase by increments: The tension ratcheted up as the hostage crisis wore on.
See also: ratchet, up

ratchet-mouth

and motor-mouth
n. someone who talks incessantly. (Also a term of address.) Tell that ratchet-mouth to shut up! Hey, motor-mouth! Don’t you ever stop?
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The extended model provides reasonable predictions to the uniaxial time-dependent ratcheting of PEI and its dependence on stress level, stress rate, and peak stress holding time under cyclic tension--compression and tension--tension loading conditions.
Figure 4 shows the results of ratcheting tests at the same shear strain amplitude [DELTA] [gamma]/2 = 42.9% and shear strain rate of 0.05/s).
At low stress amplitudes, the accumulated ratcheting strain and the hysteresis loops reach a stable state, while at a large amplitude, e.g., [DELTA][sigma]/2 = 33 MPa, a significant amount of the ratcheting strain accumulates, and it contributes to damage initiation and propagation.
Asymmetric stress-controlled ratcheting tests have been carried out at 300[degrees]C with various combination of mean stress and stress amplitude.
Based on their framework, a modified viscoelastic-plastic model was proposed in this paper to describe the uniaxial ratcheting behavior of PC under tension-tension cyclic loading.
Because of the ratcheting mechanism the EZ Spanner[TM] enables firefighters to open the most obstructed fire hydrants faster.
Kennedy School of Government, where he chairs the executive- education program, "Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results." For more on the challenge of ratcheting up performance, see his report for the IBM Center for the Business of Government: Performance Leadership: II Better Practices That Can Ratchet Up Performance.
To counter that threat, manufacturers have recently begun making yo-yos with gaps that are wider than the widest gaps of the ratcheting, adjustable yo-yos.
The proprietary Model 300 Secure-Fast ratcheting system is designed to reduce surgical costs by more than $1,000 per procedure and to provide a pristine ratcheting capability for securing screws, fasteners and connectors used in demanding procedures including spine, trauma and extremity implants.
As one of the most important characteristics of polymer is the decrease of ratcheting rate, the plastic shakedown capability, and the memory and recovery of the accumulated plastic strain under symmetrical stress cycles, the ratcheting behaviors, and fatigue predictions of polymer under uniaxial and multiaxial loadings have been studied by both experiments and simulations.
The ratcheting pawls (called "dogs") can wear out with age, or break if you overload the machine.
The 21-in-1 is built around an all-metal, 28-tooth ratcheting mechanism that delivers an exceptionally high 225 pounds of torque.
The synthesized molecules both incorporate ratcheting mechanisms, which allow them to spin--albeit very slowly--in a single direction.
Then came ratcheting screwdrivers, but they cranked in only one direction and rotated only as far as you twisted the handle.