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The ratchet and pawl mechanism consists of a notched wheel (the ratchet) and an arm-like device (the pawl) that engages the notches on the ratchet, so as to permit rotation in one direction only. Some pawls look vaguely like paws. Examples:
This possibility is provided by the special ratchet-and-paw device available on the selector axle.
... a detailed perspective view, from an lower position, depicting the operation and interaction of the ratchet and paw mechanism.
ratchet and paw vs. diode. rectification of rotation vs. current.
www.physik.uni-regensburg.de/forschung/ … lesung.pdf
In order to illustrate that the second law of thermodynamics cannot be violated, Feynman introduced an imaginary ratchet-and-paw…
It used a primitive ratchet and paw transmission to turn a feed conveyor screw. www.anvilfire.com/FAQs/archives/g012004c.htm