rack one's brain

Definition of rack one's brain

  1. :  to think very hard in order to try to remember something, solve a problem, etc. I've been racking my brain, but I can't remember his name.

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  a wind-driven mass of high often broken clouds

  1. :  to fly or scud in high wind

  1. :  a framework for holding fodder for livestock

    :  an instrument of torture on which a body is stretched

    :  a cause of anguish or pain

  1. :  to torture on the rack

    :  to cause to suffer torture, pain, anguish, or ruin

    :  to stretch or strain violently

  1. :  to draw off (wine) from the lees

  1. :  to go at a rack

  1. :  either of two gaits of a horse:

    :  pace

    :  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

  1. :  the neck and spine of a forequarter of veal, pork, or especially mutton

    :  the rib section of a lamb's forequarters used for chops or as a roast — see lamb illustration

  1. :  destruction

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  1. :  the portion of the vertebrate central nervous system enclosed in the skull and continuous with the spinal cord through the foramen magnum that is composed of neurons and supporting and nutritive structures (such as glia) and that integrates sensory information from inside and outside the body in controlling autonomic function (such as heartbeat and respiration), in coordinating and directing correlated motor responses, and in the process of learning — compare forebrain, hindbrain, midbrain

    :  a nervous center in invertebrates comparable in position and function to the vertebrate brain

    :  intellect, mind

  1. :  to kill by smashing the skull

    :  to hit on the head


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