Definitions for racket
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word racket.
a loud and disturbing noise
racket, fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprisenoun
an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
noise, dissonance, racketnoun
the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
"modern music is just noise to me"
a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
revel, racket, make whoopie, make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify, wassailverb
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
"The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"
make loud and annoying noises
hit (a ball) with a racket
an organized illegal activity, such as illegal gambling, bootlegging, or extortion.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: of uncertain derivation; M. Meric Casaubon derives it, after his custom, from ϱαχία, the dash of fluctuation against the shore.
That the tennis court keeper knows better than I, it is a low ebb of linen with thee, when thou keepest not racket there. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
Ambition hath removed her lodging, and lives the next door to faction, where they keep such a racket, that the whole parish is disturbed and every night in an uproar. Jonathan Swift.
When we have matcht our rackets to these balls,
We will in France play a set,
Shall strike his father’s crown into the hazard. William Shakespeare.
The body, into which impression is made, either can yield backward or it cannot: if it can yield backward, then the impression made is a motion; as we see a stroke with a racket upon a ball, makes it fly from it. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul.
He talks much of the motives to do and forbear, how they determine a reasonable man, as if he were no more than a tennis-ball, to be tossed to and fro by the rackets of the second causes. John Bramhall, against Hobbs.
A racket is a broad term that can have multiple meanings: 1. A piece of sports equipment used in games like squash, tennis, or badminton, consisting of a handled frame with an open hoop across which a network of cords or strings is stretched tightly. 2. In a more informal context, it can refer to an illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money. 3. It can also refer to a loud and disruptive noise or disturbance.
a thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games
a variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural
a snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood
a broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground
to strike with, or as with, a racket
confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport
a carouse; any reckless dissipation
to make a confused noise or racket
to engage in noisy sport; to frolic
to carouse or engage in dissipation
Etymology: [Gael. racaid a noise, disturbance.]
A racket or racquet is a sports implement consisting of a handled frame with an open hoop across which a network of cord is stretched tightly. It is used for striking a ball in such games as squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Collectively, these games are known as racquet sports. The frame of rackets for all sports was traditionally made of laminated wood and the strings of animal intestine known as catgut. The traditional racket size was limited by the strength and weight of the wooden frame which had to be strong enough to hold the strings and stiff enough to hit the ball or shuttle. Manufacturers started adding non-wood laminates to wood rackets to improve stiffness. Non-wood rackets were made first of steel, then of aluminium, and then carbon fiber composites. Wood is still used for real tennis, rackets, and xare. Most rackets are now made of composite materials including carbon fibre, fiberglass, metals such as titanium alloys or ceramics. Gut has partially been replaced by synthetic materials including nylon, polyamide, and other polymers. Rackets are restrung when necessary, which may be after every match for a professional or never for a social player.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
Racquet, rak′et, n. a bat for playing tennis: a snow-shoe: an organ-stop: a 17th-cent. musical instrument: (pl.) a modern variety of the old game of tennis.—v.t. to strike, as with a racket.—ns. Rack′et-, Racq′uet-court, -ground, a court for playing rackets: a tennis-court; Rack′et-tail, a humming-bird with two feathers like rackets.—adj. Rack′et-tailed. [O. Fr. rachete (Fr. raquette)—Sp. raqueta—Ar. rāhat, the palm of the hand.]
rak′et, n. a clattering noise: hurly-burly.—v.i. to make a clattering noise: to engage in racket of any kind: to be dissipated.—n. Rack′eter.—adj. Rack′ety.—v.t. and v.i. Rack′le (prov.), to rattle.—n. noisy talk. [Gael. racaid—rac, to cackle.]
racket Used to describe crime: An industry. For example, the jewelry theft racket. While meaning "noise" in plain English, it is used with a positive twist, meaning a hot beat or song. "Ooh that's that racket, that's that racket, turn the volume up" -- Dru Hill featuring N.O.R.E. (On Me)
A Racket is a animal that is an ancient, mixture of a rat and a cricket it was born by both the rat and the cricket and then there was a radioactive surge and it gave birth to the racket.
A racket loves to get that milk
Etymology: rackets are smart animals that steal
Submitted by grayt_k on December 2, 2022
Racket vs. Racquet -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Racket and Racquet.
The numerical value of racket in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of racket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Just a hurried line...to tell a story which puts the contrast between *our* feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly Xmas racket at it's lowest. My brother heard a woman on a 'bus say, as the 'bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, Oh Lor' They bring religion into everything. Look- they're dragging it even into Christmas now
Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.
Sometimes it's not a good thing, because you think you're hitting it in the middle of the racket, but really it shows you you're not. And there's no going around that.
War like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit.
It's a tough, tough racket to play consistently.
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- مضارب, مضربArabic
- raquetaCatalan, Valencian
- Lärm, Schläger, Krach, RadauGerman
- rakedo, batilo, pilkoĵetilo, raketoEsperanto
- fraude, raquetaSpanish
- maila, melu, melske, mellastusFinnish
- raquette, vacarme, tintamarre, escroquerieFrench
- rekkert, racketNorwegian
- fraude, herrie, lawaai, racketDutch
- racket, rekkertNorwegian Nynorsk
- algazarra, raquete, extorsãoPortuguese
- жульничество, рэкет, мошенничество, грохот, ракетка, шум, гам, афера, гулRussian
- racket, oväsenSwedish
- araedje, ramdamWalloon
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