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Definitions of rack

  1.   torment emotionally or mentally
  2.   work by a rack and pinion or worm so as to extend or contract rack a camera
  3.   a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
  4.   a support for displaying various articles the newspapers were arranged on a rack
  5.   framework for holding objects
  6.   an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  7.   the destruction or collapse of something wrack and ruin
  8.   rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  9.   torture on the rack
  10.   seize together as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
  11.   work on a rack of materials such as leather
  12.   fly in high wind
  13.   run before a gale
  14.   work on a rack rack leather
  15.   stretch to the limits rack one's brains
  16.   draw off from the lees rack wine
  17.   go at a rack the horses single footed
  18.   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
  19.   put on a rack and pinion rack a camera
  20.   Same as Arrack
  21.   To fly as vapor or broken clouds
  22.   A fast amble
  23.   To draw off from the lees or sediment as wine
  24.   An instrument or frame used for stretching extending retaining or displaying something
  25.   An instrument for bending a bow
  26.   A grate on which bacon is laid
  27.   A frame or device of various construction for holding and preventing the waste of hay grain etc supplied to beasts
  28.   A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display as a clothes rack a bottle rack etc
  29.   A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed
  30.   A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay straw or grain on the stalk or other bulky loads
  31.   A distaff
  32.   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
  33.   That which is extorted exaction
  34.   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
  35.   To torment to torture to affect with extreme pain or anguish
  36.   To stretch or strain in a figurative sense hence to harass or oppress by extortion
  37.   To wash on a rack as metals or ore
  38.   To bind together as two ropes with cross turns of yarn marline etc
  39.   The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton
  40.   A wreck destruction
  41.   Thin flying broken clouds or any portion of floating vapor in the sky
  42.   To amble fast causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body to pace said of a horse
  43.   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
  44.   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
  45.   An instrument for torturing the body by stretching or straining the limbs formerly used to force a confession intense physical or mental suffering a framework on or in which articles are hung or arranged a straight bar having teeth which work with the teeth of a pinion or cogwheel thin broken vapory clouds wreck used only in rack and ruin a pacing gait of a horse
  46.   To stretch or strain on an instrument of torture torture torment as racked by remorse strain tear as racked by a cough tax greatly as to rack one's brain
  47.   To go at a pacing gait as a horse
  48.   An instrument for racking or extending an engine for stretching the body in order to extort a confession a framework on which articles are arranged the grating above a manger for hay mech a straight bar with teeth to work with those of a wheel fig extreme pain anxiety or doubt
  49.   To stretch forcibly to strain to stretch on the rack or wheel to torture to exhaust
  50.   Thin or broken clouds drifting across the sky
  51.   To strain or draw off from the lees as wine
  52.   An engine of torture frame work on which things are laid grating to hold hay toothed bar flying clouds
  53.   To strain torture draw off as liquor
  54.   To torture pain stretch tear strain
  55.   To draw off from the lees as liquors
  56.   To move as a horse with the gait called rack
  57.   A machine for stretching or straining an instrument of torture by which the limbs were stretched or strained
  58.   An open grating or frame work
  59.   A bar having teeth that engage with those of a gear wheel
  60.   A quadruped's motion resembling the pace two feet on a side being moved at once
  61.   Thin flying clouds any floating vapor
  62.   Same as WRACK obsolete except in the pharse to go to rack and ruin
  63.   An instrument for stretching or extending anything an engine of torture torture a frame in which articles are arranged a grate on which bacon is laid a wooden frame for the feeding of horses c the frame of the bones of an animal a straight bar with teeth to fit into those of a wheel
  64.   Any portion of floating vapour in the sky
  65.   Among the Tartars a spirituous liquor made of mare's milk See Arrack
  66.   A racking pace
  67.   Wreck which see
  68.   To stretch or strain on the rack or wheel to torture to harass by exaction to stretch to wrest to extend
  69.   To draw off from the less to defecate or decant
  70.   To fly as vapour or broken clouds
  71.   To amble as a horse
  72.   To decant or strain as wines to draw wines off the lees
  73.   To strain to stretch to torture by stretching to affect with extreme pain or anguish
  74.   An instrument for stretching an engine of torture extreme pain anguish
  75.   The neck or spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton
  76.   A receptacle for hay for feeding horses c formed of a range of upright bars a frame on which articles may be placed or spread out as a plate rack the frame from which the yarn or thread is drawn in spinning in mining an inclined plane on which the ore is washed and separated from the slime or earth a flat bar with teeth on one side to work into those of a pinion
  77.   The drift of the sky thin flying broken clouds not to be confounded with reek a mist or vapour

Quotes of rack

  1. Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn and in Long Island – Minnesota Fats
  2. You want to look fashionable and put -together not like you hit every sale rack this season – Tommy Hilfiger
  3. And you know the baby boomers are getting older and those off the rack clothes are just not fitting right any longer and so tailor -made suits are coming back into fashion – Amy Irving
  4. The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth – Rose Schneiderman
  5. My kitchen's pink like skin -tone pink and I lowered my spice rack so it's eye level it's true and my phone so I can reach it when I fall it's right there – Amy Sedaris
  6. In the little hall leading to it was a rack holding various Socialist or radical newspapers tracts and pamphlets in very small print and on very bad paper The subjects treated were technical Marxist theories – Agnes Smedley

Usage examples for rack

  1. There are men in this land who might attempt it and it is our duty my dear Edwin to suffer death upon the rack rather than betray our knowledge of him – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. The hat rack hung on the wall by the side door – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  3. Rack and ruin rack and ruin – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  4. Suddenly a terrible shock seemed to rack her – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  5. 4 The time card rack – Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell
  6. He hung the towel on a rack reached out a hand – Combat by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  7. Rand looked at the section of pistol rack devoted to Colts ” – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  8. She glanced up at the rack overhead – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  9. It sounds all very well to talk about he said but the world would go to rack and ruin if everybody felt that way – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  10. “ Marjorie danced into the house flung her coat and gloves on the hall rack and still holding her kitten went on through to the kitchen in search of Eliza the cook – Marjorie's Vacation by Carolyn Wells
  11. “ I left yesterday evening all night I have been on the rack it was impossible to pass the frontier – Under a Charm, Vol. III. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  12. The coolness of this reply was exasperating to the bishop and he thought he divined in the delay a deliberate intention to keep him on the rack of uncertainty – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  13. “ Messire I see we must put you on the rack or nothing will be got from you – The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould
  14. Sterling had written a few letters after breakfast and then taking his rifle from the rack sauntered along the little path that led from the camp to the tunnel – Stories of the Foot-hills by Margaret Collier Graham
  15. “ Is that to be let run to rack and ruin while you are kicking up your heels in that wicked London under plea of being at the House night after night – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  16. “ I was aimin' to rack out this evenin' John – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  17. On the floor of the cabin thrown by the shock from the rack lay her writing case – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  18. “ I want you to see where I stood and how I could view what was going on at the hat rack out there – 'Laramie;' or, The Queen of Bedlam. by Charles King
  19. Whole place going to rack and ruin – Eve to the Rescue by Ethel Hueston
  20. He'll ne'er confess without the Rack come we'll toss him in a Blanket – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn

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