framework for holding objects
rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
the destruction or collapse of something
"wrack and ruin"
an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
a support for displaying various articles
"the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
go at a rack
"the horses single-footed"
stretch to the limits
"rack one's brains"
put on a rack and pinion
"rack a camera"
extort, squeeze, rack, gouge, wring(verb)
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"
run before a gale
fly in high wind
draw off from the lees
torment, torture, excruciate, rack(verb)
torment emotionally or mentally
work on a rack
seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
torture on the rack
same as Arrack
the neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton
a wreck; destruction
thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky
to fly, as vapor or broken clouds
to amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse
a fast amble
to draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine
an instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something
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
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 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
that which is extorted; exaction
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
to torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish
to stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion
to wash on a rack, as metals or ore
to bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc
Origin: [See Wreck.]
A rack is the name given to a frame used to organize billiard balls at the beginning of a game. Rack may also be used as a verb to describe the act of setting billiard balls in starting position in billiards games that make use of racks, as well as a noun to describe the balls in that starting position. The most common shape of a physical rack is that of a triangle, with the ball pattern of 5-4-3-2-1. Racks are sometimes called simply "triangles" based on the predominance of this form. Triangular-shaped racks are used for eight-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, bank pool, snooker and many other games. Although diamond-shaped racks, with an intended pattern of 1-2-3-2-1, are made for the game of nine-ball, the triangular rack is more often employed in nine ball as well.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rak, n. an instrument for racking or extending: an engine for stretching the body in order to extort a confession, hence (fig.) extreme pain, anxiety, or doubt: a framework on which articles are arranged, as hat-rack, plate-rack, letter-rack, &c.: the grating above a manger for hay: (mech.) a straight bar with teeth to work into those of a wheel, pinion, or endless screw, for converting a circular into a rectilinear motion, or vice versâ: (Scot.) the course in curling.—v.t. to stretch forcibly: to strain: to stretch on the rack or wheel: to torture: to exhaust: to worry, agitate: to wrest, overstrain: to practise rapacity: to extort: to place in a rack or frame: (naut.) to seize together with cross-turns, as two ropes.—n. Rack′er, one who tortures.—adj. Rack′ing, tormenting.—ns. Rack′-rail, a railway having cogs which work into similar cogs on a locomotive; Rack′-rent, an annual rent stretched to the utmost value of the thing rented, exorbitant rent.—v.t. to subject to such rents.—ns. Rack′-rent′er, one who exacts or pays rack-rent; Rack′-stick, a stick for stretching a rope; Rack′-tail, a bent arm in a repeating clock connected with the striking mechanism; Rack′work, a strong bar with cogs to correspond with similar cogs on a wheel, which either moves or is moved by the bar.—Live at rack and manger, to live sumptuously and wastefully; On the rack, stretched upon it: tortured by anxiety; Put to the rack, to put to the torture of the rack: to subject to keen suffering. [The radical sense is to stretch, closely allied to reach (q.v.); cf. Ice. rakkr, straight, Ger. rack, a rail, recken, to stretch.]
rak, n. same as Wrack=Wreck—now used only in the phrases Go to rack, Go to rack and ruin. [Cf. the next word.]
rak, n. thin or broken clouds drifting across the sky.—v.i. to drift, to drive. [Wrack; cf. Ice. rek.]
rak, v.t. to strain or draw off from the lees, as wine.—ns. Rack′ing-can, a vessel from which wine can be drawn without disturbing the lees; Rack′ing-cock, -fau′cet, a cock used in drawing off liquour from a cask; Rack′ing-pump, a pump for the transfer of liquor to casks. [O. Fr. raquer, vin raqué; prob. cog. with Sp. rascar, to scrape.]
rak, n. (prov.) the neck and spine of a fore-quarter of veal or mutton: the neck of mutton or pork.
rak, n. the gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop.—n. Rack′er, a horse that moves in this gait. [Perh. rack, to drift, or rock.]
rak, n. same as Arrack.—Rack punch, a punch made with arrack.
rak, n. a young rabbit. [Orig. unknown.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an instrument of torture; consisted of an oblong wooden frame, fitted with cords and levers, by means of which the victim's limbs were racked to the point of dislocation; dates back to Roman times, and was used against the early Christians; much resorted to by the Spanish Inquisition, and also at times by the Tudor monarchs of England, though subsequently prohibited by law in England.
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The numerical value of RACK in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of RACK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- pitrera, poltreCatalan, Valencian
- skřipec, nosičCzech
- Streckbank, Regal, GestellGerman
- estante, potroSpanish
- دندانه دار کردنPersian
- naulakko, teline, räkki, rinnat, piinapenkkiFinnish
- nibards, carré, étagère, lolos, chevalet, devanture, grilleFrench
- raca, raca céasta, brollach, cliabhIrish
- գելարան, գելոցArmenian
- eculeo, rastrelliera, cremaglieraItalian
- pluteus, equuleus, eculeoLatin
- pijnbank, rek, klarenDutch
- żeberka, stojakPolish
- armário, cavalete, estante, cremalheiraPortuguese
- стелла́ж, буфера́, ды́ба, ве́шалка, по́лка, этаже́рка, стеллаRussian
- hylla, klädhängare, sträckbänk, revbensspjäll, kuggstångSwedish
- giá đỡVietnamese
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