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Meaning of RACK

Pronunciation:  rak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
  2. [n]  a support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
  3. [n]  framework for holding objects
  4. [n]  an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  5. [n]  the destruction or collapse of something; "wrack and ruin"
  6. [n]  rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  7. [v]  torture on the rack
  8. [v]  seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
  9. [v]  work on a rack, of materials such as leather
  10. [v]  rack one's brains
  11. [v]  torment emotionally or mentally
  12. [v]  draw off from the lees, as of wine
  13. [v]  fly in high wind
  14. [v]  run before a gale
  15. [v]  go at a rack, as of horses
  16. [v]  go at a rack, of horses
  17. [v]  obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"
  18. [v]  work by a rack and pinion or worm so as to extend or contract; "rack a camera"

RACK is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: excruciate, extort, gouge, scud, single-foot, single-foot, stand, torment, torture, wheel, wrack, wring
 See Also: anguish, barbecue, barbeque, bicycle rack, bier, bleed, carrier, clutch, coatrack, crown roast, cruet-stand, cut, cut of meat, demolition, destruction, dish rack, draw, dress rack, excruciate, fleece, fly, frame, framework, framing, gait, gazump, hatrack, hayrack, hook, hurt, instrument of torture, magazine rack, music rack, music stand, overcharge, pace, pain, pipe rack, plate rack, pluck, plume, prehend, process, put to work, rack of lamb, rob, sail, seize, soak, spice rack, spit, strain, stress, stretch, support, surcharge, take out, tie rack, toastrack, torment, torture, towel horse, towel rack, tripod, try, wing, work, work, work on



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rack\, n.
    Same as Arrack.
  2. \Rack\, n. [AS. hracca neck, hinder part of the head; cf.
    AS. hraca throat, G. rachen throat, E. retch.]
    The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  3. \Rack\, n. [See {Wreck}.]
    A wreck; destruction. [Obs., except in a few phrases.]
    {Rack and ruin}, destruction; utter ruin. [Colloq.]
    {To go to rack}, to perish; to be destroyed. [Colloq.] ``All
       goes to rack.'' --Pepys.
  4. \Rack\, n. [Prob. fr. Icel. rek drift, motion, and akin to
    reka to drive, and E. wrack, wreck. ?.]
    Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor
    in the sky. --Shak.
          The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds
          above, which we call the rack, . . . pass without
          noise.                                   --Bacon.
          And the night rack came rolling up.      --C. Kingsley.
  5. \Rack\, v. i.
    To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.
  6. \Rack\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Racked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Racking}.] [See {Rack} that which stretches, or {Rock}, v.]
    To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the
    body; to pace; -- said of a horse. --Fuller.
  7. \Rack\, n.
    A fast amble.
  8. \Rack\, v. t. [Cf. OF. vin raqu['e] squeezed from the dregs
    of the grapes.]
    To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
          It is in common practice to draw wine or beer from the
          lees (which we call racking), whereby it will clarify
          much the sooner.                         --Bacon.
    {Rack vintage}, wine cleansed and drawn from the lees.
  9. \Rack\, n. [Probably fr. D. rek, rekbank, a rack, rekken to
    stretch; akin to G. reck, reckbank, a rack, recken to
    stretch, Dan. r[ae]kke, Sw. r["a]cka, Icel. rekja to spread
    out, Goth. refrakjan to stretch out; cf. L. porrigere, Gr. ?.
    ? Cf. {Right}, a., {Ratch}.]
    1. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending,
       retaining, or displaying, something. Specifically:
       (a) 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.
       (b) An instrument for bending a bow.
       (c) A grate on which bacon is laid.
       (d) A frame or device of various construction for holding,
           and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc.,
           supplied to beasts.
       (e) A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or
           arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle
           rack, etc.
       (f) (Naut.) 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.
       (g) (Mining) A frame or table on which ores are separated
           or washed.
       (h) A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or
           grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
       (i) A distaff.
    2. (Mech.) 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. [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.
    {Mangle rack}. (Mach.) See under {Mangle}. n.
    {Rack block}. (Naut.) See def. 1
       (f), above.
    {Rack lashing}, a lashing or binding where the rope is
       tightened, and held tight by the use of a small stick of
       wood twisted around.
    {Rack rail} (Railroads), 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. [Colloq.]
    {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.
  10. \Rack\, v. t.
    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
             He was racked and miserably tormented. --Pope.
    2. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or
             Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair.
    3. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to
       harass, or oppress by extortion.
             The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants.
             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. (Mining) To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
    5. (Naut.) 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.
    Syn: To torture; torment; rend; tear.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an empty rack in your dream means your preoccupation with a problem that has given you much anxiety. Seeing a rack of clothes in your dream means your indecisiveness and the lingering uncertainty and doubt over the faithfulness of your lover.