the rack

Definition of the rack

  1. :  a machine used in the past to hurt people by stretching their bodies prisoners tortured on the rack —sometimes used figuratively The interviewer put me on the rack and asked some really tough questions.

Word by Word Definitions

rackplay
  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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