What does rack mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. racknoun

    framework for holding objects

  2. racknoun

    rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton

  3. wrack, racknoun

    the destruction or collapse of something

    "wrack and ruin"

  4. rack, wheelnoun

    an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims

  5. rack, standnoun

    a support for displaying various articles

    "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"

  6. racknoun

    a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body

  7. rack, single-footverb

    a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately

  8. single-foot, rackverb

    go at a rack

    "the horses single-footed"

  9. rackverb

    stretch to the limits

    "rack one's brains"

  10. rackverb

    put on a rack and pinion

    "rack a camera"

  11. extort, squeeze, rack, gouge, wringverb

    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"

  12. scud, rackverb

    run before a gale

  13. rackverb

    fly in high wind

  14. rackverb

    draw off from the lees

    "rack wine"

  15. torment, torture, excruciate, rackverb

    torment emotionally or mentally

  16. rackverb

    work on a rack

    "rack leather"

  17. rackverb

    seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block

  18. rackverb

    torture on the rack

Webster Dictionary

  1. Racknoun

    same as Arrack

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  2. Racknoun

    the neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  3. Racknoun

    a wreck; destruction

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  4. Racknoun

    thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  5. Rackverb

    to fly, as vapor or broken clouds

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  6. Rack

    to amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  7. Racknoun

    a fast amble

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  8. Rackverb

    to draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  9. Rackadjective

    an instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  10. Rackadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  11. Rackadjective

    an instrument for bending a bow

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  12. Rackadjective

    a grate on which bacon is laid

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  13. Rackadjective

    a frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  14. Rackadjective

    a frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  15. Rackadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  16. Rackadjective

    a frame or table on which ores are separated or washed

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  17. Rackadjective

    a frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  18. Rackadjective

    a distaff

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  19. Rackadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  20. Rackadjective

    that which is extorted; exaction

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  21. Rackverb

    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

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  22. Rackverb

    to torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  23. Rackverb

    to stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  24. Rackverb

    to wash on a rack, as metals or ore

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]

  25. Rackverb

    to bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc

    Etymology: [See Wreck.]


  1. Rack

    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

  1. Rack

    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.]

  2. Rack

    rak, n. same as Wrack=Wreck—now used only in the phrases Go to rack, Go to rack and ruin. [Cf. the next word.]

  3. Rack

    rak, n. thin or broken clouds drifting across the sky.—v.i. to drift, to drive. [Wrack; cf. Ice. rek.]

  4. Rack

    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.]

  5. Rack

    rak, n. (prov.) the neck and spine of a fore-quarter of veal or mutton: the neck of mutton or pork.

  6. Rack

    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.]

  7. Rack

    rak, n. same as Arrack.—Rack punch, a punch made with arrack.

  8. Rack

    rak, n. a young rabbit. [Orig. unknown.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rack

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rack

    The superior stratum of clouds, or that moving rapidly above the scud. The line in which the clouds are driven by the wind, is called the rack of the weather. In Shakspeare's beautiful thirty-third sonnet the sun rises in splendour, but-- "Anon permits the basest clouds to ride With ugly rack on his celestial face, And from the forlorn world his visage hide, Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace." Also, a frame of timber containing several sheaves, as a fair leader. Also, various rails for belaying pins.--To rack. To seize two ropes together, with racking or cross-turns.

Rap Dictionary

  1. rackverb

    To stack up. "18 hour day, money getting racked up" -- Slick Rick and Dana Dane (Pimpin' Ain't Easy (Godfather Theme)) Women's breasts To "rack a shotgun or 12 gauge" - to eject a spent cartridge from a shotgun and load the next

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Rack

    From the Saxon wrocan and German recken, to stretch. The word is therefore correctly applied to the instrument of torture of former days.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rack in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rack in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Marcic:

    The gun she picked up was the highest one on the rack, she couldn’t reach it without moving furniture. And the police reported there was no evidence of anybody moving furniture.

  2. Boomerang CEO Mark Patterson:

    Our system is installed in a garage with level concrete floors so there's total fire separation between floors like in a conventional garage - most legacy systems are steel rack structures with no separation between floors, developers like it because you can park 100% more cars in the same space and that's a big value proposition.

  3. Steve McMichael:

    I know what it feels like to go in the weight room and do a set of three with 725 pounds on the squat rack, now? When I get up and try to move? It feels like I’m doing 1,000 (expletive) pounds. And it’s just exhausting straining that hard.

  4. Steve Schmidt:

    He lines up ideologically with the Republican Party today more than any other candidate and has the ability to rack up delegates throughout the South.

  5. Jason Bolden:

    Not since the beginning of time have you seen Dolce on my rack, those silhouettes are amazing and they get everyone. But my girls are like, what? It’s a done deal.

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