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1rack

noun \ˈrak\

Definition of RACK

:  a wind-driven mass of high often broken clouds

Origin of RACK

Middle English rak rain cloud, rapid movement
First Known Use: 14th century

2rack

verb

Definition of RACK

intransitive verb
:  to fly or scud in high wind

First Known Use of RACK

1590

3rack

noun

Definition of RACK

1
:  a framework for holding fodder for livestock
2
:  an instrument of torture on which a body is stretched
3
a (1) :  a cause of anguish or pain (2) :  acute suffering
b :  the action of straining or wrenching
4
:  a framework, stand, or grating on or in which articles are placed
5
a :  a bar with teeth on one face for gearing with a pinion or worm gear to transform rotary motion to linear motion or vice versa (as in an automobile steering mechanism)
b :  a notched bar used as a ratchet to engage with a pawl, click, or detent
6
:  a pair of antlers
7
:  a triangular frame used to set up the balls in a pool game; also :  the balls as set up
8
:  bed, sack
rack·ful \-ˌfl\ noun
on the rack
:  under great emotional stress

Origin of RACK

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch rec framework; akin to Old English reccan to stretch, Greek oregein — more at right
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

4rack

verb

Definition of RACK

transitive verb
1
:  to torture on the rack
2
:  to cause to suffer torture, pain, anguish, or ruin
3
a :  to stretch or strain violently
b :  to raise (rents) oppressively
c :  to harass or oppress with high rents or extortions
4
:  to work or treat (material) on a rack
5
:  to work by a rack and pinion or worm so as to extend or contract <rack a camera>
6
:  to seize (as parallel ropes of a tackle) together
7
:  to place (as pool balls) in a rack
intransitive verb
:  to become forced out of shape or out of plumb
rack·er noun
rack·ing·ly \ˈra-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

First Known Use of RACK

15th century

Synonym Discussion of RACK

afflict, try, torment, torture, rack mean to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear. afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain or suffering or of acute annoyance, embarrassment, or any distress <ills that afflict the elderly>. try suggests imposing something that strains the powers of endurance or of self-control <children often try their parents' patience>. torment suggests persecution or the repeated inflicting of suffering or annoyance <a horse tormented by flies>. torture adds the implication of causing unbearable pain or suffering <tortured by a sense of guilt>. rack stresses straining or wrenching <a body racked by pain>.

5rack

verb

Definition of RACK

transitive verb
:  to draw off (as wine) from the lees

Origin of RACK

Middle English rakken, from Old French (Norman & Picard dialect) reequier, probably from Late Latin reaedificare to rebuild, repair, improve, from Latin re- + aedificare to build — more at edify
First Known Use: 15th century

6rack

verb

Definition of RACK

intransitive verb
of a horse
:  to go at a rack

Origin of RACK

probably alteration of 1rock
First Known Use: 1530

7rack

noun

Definition of RACK

:  either of two gaits of a horse:
a :  pace 4b
b :  a fast showy 4-beat gait

First Known Use of RACK

1580

8rack

noun

Definition of RACK

1
:  the neck and spine of a forequarter of veal, pork, or especially mutton
2
:  the rib section of a lamb's forequarters used for chops or as a roast — see lamb illustration

Origin of RACK

perhaps from 3rack
First Known Use: 1570

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

9rack

noun

Definition of RACK

:  destruction <rack and ruin>

Origin of RACK

alteration of wrack
First Known Use: 1592
RACKS Defined for Kids

1rack

noun \ˈrak\

Definition of RACK for Kids

:  a frame or stand for storing or displaying things <a magazine rack> <a hat rack>

2rack

verb
rackedrack·ing

Definition of RACK for Kids

1
:  to cause to suffer torture, pain, or sorrow <He was racked by a cough.>
2
:  to force to think hard <I racked my brain for an answer.>

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