Definition of Rack

1. Noun. Framework for holding objects.

2. Verb. Go at a rack. "The horses single-footed"
Exact synonyms: Single-foot
Generic synonyms: Pace
Derivative terms: Single-foot

3. Noun. Rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton.
Generic synonyms: Cut, Cut Of Meat
Specialized synonyms: Crown Roast, Rack Of Lamb

4. Verb. Stretch to the limits. "Rack one's brains"
Generic synonyms: Strain, Stress, Try

5. Noun. The destruction or collapse of something. "Wrack and ruin"
Exact synonyms: Wrack
Generic synonyms: Demolition, Destruction, Wipeout
Derivative terms: Wrack

6. Verb. Put on a rack and pinion. "Rack a camera"
Generic synonyms: Put To Work, Work

7. Noun. An instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims.
Exact synonyms: Wheel
Generic synonyms: Instrument Of Torture

8. Verb. Obtain by coercion or intimidation. "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
Exact synonyms: Extort, Gouge, Squeeze, Wring
Generic synonyms: Fleece, Gazump, Hook, Overcharge, Pluck, Plume, Rob, Soak, Surcharge
Specialized synonyms: Bleed
Derivative terms: Extortion, Extortion, Gouger, Squeeze

9. Noun. A support for displaying various articles. "The newspapers were arranged on a rack"
Exact synonyms: Stand
Specialized synonyms: Bier, Cruet-stand, Dress Rack, Magazine Rack, Music Rack, Music Stand, Spice Rack, Tripod
Terms within: Spit
Generic synonyms: Support

10. Verb. Run before a gale.
Exact synonyms: Scud
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Sail
Derivative terms: Scud, Scudding

11. Noun. A form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body.
Generic synonyms: Torture, Torturing

12. Verb. Fly in high wind.
Generic synonyms: Fly, Wing

13. Noun. A rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately.
Exact synonyms: Single-foot
Generic synonyms: Gait
Derivative terms: Single-foot

14. Verb. Draw off from the lees. "Rack wine"
Generic synonyms: Draw, Take Out

15. Verb. Torment emotionally or mentally. "The bad news will rack him"
Exact synonyms: Excruciate, Torment, Torture
Generic synonyms: Anguish, Hurt, Pain
Derivative terms: Excruciation, Torment, Torment, Tormenter, Tormenter, Tormentor, Torture, Torture, Torturer

16. Verb. Work on a rack. ; "Rack leather"
Entails: Stretch
Generic synonyms: Process, Work, Work On

17. Verb. Seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block.
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize

18. Verb. Torture on the rack.
Generic synonyms: Excruciate, Torment, Torture

Definition of Rack

1. n. Same as Arrack.

2. n. The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.

3. n. A wreck; destruction.

4. n. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.

5. v. i. To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.

6. v. i. To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse.

7. n. A fast amble.

8. v. t. To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.

9. n. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.

10. v. t. 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.

Definition of Rack

1. Noun. A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other ¹

2. Noun. A frame on which to hang various items. ¹

3. Noun. A device used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits. ¹

4. Noun. A pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk). ¹

5. Noun. A cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs ¹

6. Noun. (billiards snooker pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game. ¹

7. Noun. (slang) A woman's breasts. ¹

8. Noun. (climbing caving) A friction device for abseiling, consisting of a frame with 5 or more metal bars, around which the rope is threaded. Also ''rappel rack'', ''abseil rack''. ¹

9. Noun. (climbing slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc. ¹

10. Verb. To place in or hang on a rack ¹

11. Verb. To cause (someone) to suffer pain ¹

12. Verb. (billiards snooker pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table. ¹

13. Verb. (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee. ¹

14. Verb. To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm. ¹

15. Verb. stretch joints of a person ¹

16. Verb. To fly, as vapour or broken clouds ¹

17. Verb. (context: brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs. ¹

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Definition of Rack

1. to place in a type of framework [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Rack

1. 1. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something. Specifically: 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. "During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity." (Macaulay) An instrument for bending a bow. A grate on which bacon is laid. A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc, supplied to beasts. A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc. 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. A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed. A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads. A distaff. 2. 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. 3. That which is extorted; exaction. Mangle rack. See Mangle. Rack block. A toothed rack, laid as a rail, to afford a hold for teeth on the driving wheel of locomotive for climbing steep gradients, as in ascending a mountain. Rack saw, a saw having wide teeth. Rack stick, the stick used in a rack lashing. To be on the rack, to suffer torture, physical or mental. To live at rack and manger, to live on the best at another's expense. To put to the rack, to subject to torture; to torment. "A fit of the stone puts a kingto the rack, and makes him as miserable as it does the meanest subject." (Sir W. Temple) Origin: Probably fr. D.rek, rekbank, a rack, rekken to stretch; akin to G. Reck, reckbank, a rack, recken to stretch, Dan. Raekke, Sw. Racka, Icel. Rekja to spread out, Goth. Refrakjan to stretch out; cf. L. Porrigere, Gr. Cf. Right, Ratch. 1. 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. "He was racked and miserably tormented." (Pope) 2. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish. "Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair." (Milton) 3. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion. "The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants." (Spenser) "They [landlords] rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof." (Fuller) "Try what my credit can in Venice do; That shall be racked even to the uttermost." (Shak) 4. To wash on a rack, as metals or ore. 5. To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc. To rack one's brains or wits, to exert them to the utmost for the purpose of accomplishing something. Synonym: To torture, torment, rend, tear. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rack

racing skate
racing skiff
racing start
racing thoughts
racing yacht
rack (current term)
rack and pinion
rack and ruin
rack and snail
rack jobber
rack of lamb
rack off
rack one's brain
rack one's brains
rack railway
rack rate

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