Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) framework for holding objects
  2. (noun, food) rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  3. (noun, event) the destruction or collapse of something
  4. (noun, artifact) an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  5. (noun, artifact) a support for displaying various articles
  6. (noun, act) a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
  7. (noun, act) a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
  8. (verb, motion) go at a rack
  9. (verb, emotion) stretch to the limits
  10. (verb, social) put on a rack and pinion
  11. (verb, possession) obtain by coercion or intimidation
    They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him
  12. (verb, motion) run before a gale
  13. (verb, motion) fly in high wind
  14. (verb, motion) draw off from the lees
  15. (verb, emotion) torment emotionally or mentally
  16. (verb, creation) work on a rack
  17. (verb, contact) seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
  18. (verb, body) torture on the rack

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Rack

  1. "frame with bars," c.1300, possibly from M.Du. rec "framework," related to recken "stretch out," cognate with O.E. reccan "to stretch out," from P.Gmc. *rakjanan (cf. O.N. rekja, O.Fris. reza, O.H.G. recchen, Ger. recken, Goth. uf-rakjan "to stretch out"). The verb meaning "to sleep" is teen-ager slang from 1960s (<… more
  2. "gait of a horse," 1530 (implied in racking), perhaps from Fr. racquassure "racking of a horse in his pace," of unknown origin. Or perhaps a variant of rock (v.1). more
  3. "clouds driven before the wind," c.1300, also "rush of wind, collision, crash," possibly from O.E. racu "cloud," reinforced by O.N. rek "wreckage, jetsam," or by influence of O.E. wr?c "something driven." Originally a northern word, perhaps from an unrecorded Scand. cognate of O.E. racu. Often confused with wrack (q.v.), especially in phrase rack … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Rack

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, racy, rag, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raise, raj, raja, rajah, rake

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