Middle English (northern dialect) raxen, from Old English raxan; akin to Old English reccan to stretch — more at rack entry 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
“Rax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rax. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.
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