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Rack meaning

rack - 32 dictionary results

  1. 1. work on a rack; " rack leather"
  2. 2. stretch to the limits; " rack one's brains"
  3. 3. draw off from the lees; " rack wine"
  4. 4. go at a rack; " the horses single- footed"
  5. 5. obtain by coercion or intimidation; " They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; " They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
  6. 6. put on a rack and pinion; " rack a camera"
  7. 7. Same as Arrack.
  8. 8. To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.
  9. 9. A fast amble.
  10. 10. To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
  11. 11. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.
  12. 12. An instrument for bending a bow.
  13. 13. A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts.
  14. 14. A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc.
  15. 15. A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed.
  16. 16. A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
  17. 17. A distaff.
  18. 18. A bar with teeth on its face, or edge, to work with those of a wheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive it or be driven by it.
  19. 19. That which is extorted; exaction.
  20. 20. To extend by the application of force; to stretch or strain; specifically, to stretch on the rack or wheel; to torture by an engine which strains the limbs and pulls the joints.
  21. 21. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
  22. 22. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  23. 23. To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
  24. 24. To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
  25. 25. The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  26. 26. A wreck; destruction.
  27. 27. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.
  28. 28. To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; - said of a horse.
  29. 29. An engine of torture, consisting of a large frame, upon which the body was gradually stretched until, sometimes, the joints were dislocated; - formerly used judicially for extorting confessions from criminals or suspected persons.
  30. 30. A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; - called also rack block. Also, a frame to hold shot.
  31. 31. An engine of torture; frame work on which things are laid; grating to hold hay; toothed bar; flying clouds.
  32. 32. To strain; torture; draw off, as liquor.

rack - examples of usage

  1. Putting his bag on the rack, he pulled out his pipe and threw himself back in his seat with a satisfied air; then, looking at me and catching my eye, he at once started talking. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  2. The true function of the money that came from the dead man's hand was to keep him always on the rack of memory. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. Everything goes to rack and ruin, unless we take constant care. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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