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rack

noun \ ˈrak \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rack

:a wind-driven mass of high often broken clouds

Origin and Etymology of rack

Middle English rak rain cloud, rapid movement


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rack

verb

Definition of rack

intransitive verb
:to fly or scud in high wind

First Known Use of rack

1590


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rack

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

rackful

play \ˈrak-ˌfu̇l\ noun
on the rack
:under great emotional stress

Origin and Etymology of rack

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch rec framework; akin to Old English reccan to stretch, Greek oregein — more at right

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rack

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 (ropes, such as parallel ropes of a tackle) together
7 :to place (balls, such as pool balls) in a rack
intransitive verb
:to become forced out of shape or out of plumb

racker

noun

rackingly

play \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

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rack

verb

Definition of rack

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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rack

verb

Definition of rack

intransitive verb
of a horse
:to go at a rack

Origin and Etymology of rack

probably alteration of 1rock


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

:either of two gaits of a horse:
a :pace 4b
b :a fast showy 4-beat gait similar to the pace but in which the feet of the same side do not touch down at the same time

First Known Use of rack

1580


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rack

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 and Etymology of rack

perhaps from 3rack


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

:destruction
  • rack and ruin

Origin and Etymology of rack

alteration of wrack



RACK Defined for Kids

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rack

noun \ ˈrak \

Definition of rack for Students

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

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rack

verb

Definition of rack for Students

racked; racking
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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