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rack

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noun \ˈrak\

Definition of rack

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

Origin and Etymology of rack

Middle English rak rain cloud, rapid movement


First Known Use: 14th century


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rack

verb

Definition of rack

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fly or scud in high wind

1590

First Known Use of rack

1590


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

  1. 1 :  a framework for holding fodder for livestock

  2. 2 :  an instrument of torture on which a body is stretched

  3. 3a (1) :  a cause of anguish or pain (2) :  acute sufferingb :  the action of straining or wrenching

  4. 4 :  a framework, stand, or grating on or in which articles are placed

  5. 5a :  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. 6 :  a pair of antlers

  7. 7 :  a triangular frame used to set up the balls in a pool game; also :  the balls as set up

  8. 8 :  bed, sack

rackful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

on the rack

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 14th century

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rack

verb

Definition of rack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to torture on the rack

  3. 2 :  to cause to suffer torture, pain, anguish, or ruin

  4. 3a :  to stretch or strain violentlyb :  to raise (rents) oppressivelyc :  to harass or oppress with high rents or extortions

  5. 4 :  to work or treat (material) on a rack

  6. 5 :  to work by a rack and pinion or worm so as to extend or contract rack a camera

  7. 6 :  to seize (ropes, such as parallel ropes of a tackle) together

  8. 7 :  to place (balls, such as pool balls) in a rack

  9. intransitive verb
  10. :  to become forced out of shape or out of plumb

racker

noun

rackingly

play \ˈra-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

15th Century

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 15th century


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rack

verb

Definition of rack

of a horse

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go at a rack

Origin and Etymology of rack

probably alteration of 1rock


First Known Use: 1530


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

  1. :  either of two gaits of a horse:a :  pace 4bb :  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

1580

First Known Use of rack

1580


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

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

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1570


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rack

noun

Definition of rack

  1. :  destruction rack and ruin

Origin and Etymology of rack

alteration of wrack


First Known Use: 1592



RACK Defined for Kids

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rack

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noun \ˈrak\

Definition of rack for Students

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


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rack

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verb

Definition of rack for Students

racked

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racking

  1. 1 :  to cause to suffer torture, pain, or sorrow He was racked by a cough.

  2. 2 :  to force to think hard I racked my brain for an answer.



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