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. rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  8. torture on the rack
  9. work on a rack, of materials such as leather
  10. fly in high wind
  11. run before a gale
  12. work on a rack; " rack leather"
  13. stretch to the limits; " rack one's brains"
  14. go at a rack; " the horses single- footed"
  15. 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"
  16. put on a rack and pinion; " rack a camera"
  17. Same as Arrack.
  18. To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.
  19. A fast amble.
  20. To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
  21. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.
  22. An instrument for bending a bow.
  23. A grate on which bacon is laid.
  24. A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts.
  25. A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc.
  26. A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed.
  27. A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
  28. A distaff.
  29. 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.
  30. That which is extorted; exaction.
  31. 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.
  32. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
  33. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  34. To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
  35. To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
  36. The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  37. A wreck; destruction.
  38. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.
  39. To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; - said of a horse.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. To go at a pacing gait, as a horse.
  45. 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.
  46. To stretch forcibly: to strain: to stretch on the rack or wheel: to torture: to exhaust.
  47. Thin or broken clouds, drifting across the sky.
  48. To strain or draw off from the lees, as wine.
  49. An engine of torture; frame work on which things are laid; grating to hold hay; toothed bar; flying clouds.
  50. To strain; torture; draw off, as liquor.
  51. To torture; pain; stretch; tear; strain.
  52. To draw off from the lees, as liquors.
  53. To move, as a horse, with the gait called rack.
  54. A machine for stretching or straining; an instrument of torture by which the limbs were stretched or strained.
  55. An open grating or frame work.
  56. A bar having teeth that engage with those of a gear - wheel.
  57. A quadruped's motion resembling the pace, two feet on a side being moved at once.
  58. Thin, flying clouds; any floating vapor.
  59. Same as WRACK; obsolete except in the pharse " to go to rack and ruin.".
  60. 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.
  61. Any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
  62. Among the Tartars, a spirituous liquor made of mare's milk. See Arrack.
  63. A racking- pace.
  64. Wreck, which see.
  65. To stretch or strain on the rack or wheel; to torture; to harass by exaction; to stretch; to wrest; to extend.
  66. To draw off from the less; to defecate or decant.
  67. To fly, as vapour or broken clouds.
  68. To amble, as a horse.
  69. To decant or strain, as wines; to draw wines off the lees.
  70. To strain; to stretch; to torture by stretching; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
  71. An instrument for stretching; an engine of torture; extreme pain; anguish.
  72. The neck or spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  73. 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.
  74. The drift of the sky; thin, flying, broken clouds- not to be confounded with reek, a mist or vapour.

Usage examples for rack

  1. 4. The time- card rack. – Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell
  2. 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
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. Rand looked at the section of pistol- rack devoted to Colts. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  8. " 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
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. He hung the towel on a rack, reached out a hand. – Combat by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  15. The hat rack hung on the wall by the side door. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  16. I was aimin' to rack out this evenin', John. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden