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rack 1

a. A framework or stand in or on which to hold, hang, or display various articles: a trophy rack; a rack for baseball bats in the dugout; a drying rack for laundry.
b. Games A triangular frame for arranging billiard or pool balls at the start of a game.
c. A receptacle for livestock feed.
d. A frame for holding bombs in an aircraft.
2. Slang
a. A bunk or bed.
b. Sleep: tried to get some rack.
3. A toothed bar that meshes with a gearwheel, pinion, or other toothed machine part.
a. A state of intense anguish.
b. A cause of intense anguish.
5. An instrument of torture on which the victim's body was stretched.
6. A pair of antlers.
7. Vulgar Slang A woman's breasts.
tr.v. racked, rack·ing, racks
1. To place (billiard balls, for example) in a rack.
2. also wrack To cause great physical or mental suffering to: Pain racked his entire body. See Synonyms at afflict.
3. To torture by means of the rack.
Phrasal Verbs:
rack out Slang
To go to sleep or get some sleep.
rack up Informal
To accumulate or score: rack up points.
off the rack
Ready-made. Used of clothing.
on the rack
Under great stress.
rack (one's) brains/brain
To try hard to remember or think of something.

[Middle English rakke, probably from Middle Dutch rec, framework; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rack′er n.

rack 2

A fast, flashy, four-beat gait of a horse in which each foot touches the ground separately and at equal intervals.
intr.v. racked, rack·ing, racks
To go or move at a rack.

[Origin unknown.]

rack 3

also wrack  (răk)
A thin mass of wind-driven clouds.

[Middle English rak, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish rak, wreckage.]

rack 4

Variant of wrack1.

rack 5

n. & v.
Variant of wrack2.

rack 6

tr.v. racked, rack·ing, racks
To drain (wine or cider) from the dregs.

[Middle English rakken, from Old Provençal arracar, from raca, stems and husks of grapes.]

rack 7

a. A wholesale rib cut of lamb or veal between the shoulder and the loin.
b. A retail rib cut of lamb or veal, prepared for roasting or for rib chops.
2. The neck and upper spine of mutton, pork, or veal.

[Probably from rack.]

wrack 1

also rack  (răk)
Destruction or ruin. Used chiefly in the phrase wrack and ruin.

[Middle English, from Old English wræc, punishment (influenced by Middle Dutch wrak, shipwreck).]

wrack 2

also rack  (răk)
a. Wreckage, especially of a ship cast ashore.
b. Chiefly British Violent destruction of a building or vehicle.
a. Seaweed that has been cast ashore or dried.
b. Any of various brown algae, especially rockweed or kelp.
v. wracked, wrack·ing, wracks also racked or rack·ing or racks
To cause the ruin of; wreck.
To be wrecked.

[Middle English wrak, from Middle Dutch.]

wrack 3

tr.v. wracked, wrack·ing, wracks
Variant of rack1..
wrack (one's) brains/brain
To try hard to remember or think of something.

[Influenced by wrack.]

wrack 4

Variant of rack3.


causing or indicating mental sufferingcausing or indicating physical suffering
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.racking - causing great physical or mental suffering; "a wrenching pain"
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"


[ˈrækɪŋ] ADJ [pain] → atroz


adj attr painrasend, entsetzlich; coughfürchterlich, quälend; sobentsetzlich, fürchterlich


[rækɪŋ] adj (pain) → atroce
References in classic literature ?
But what is your highness's idea for racking the prisoner?
As I stood in the dark shadow of the tunnel's end racking my brain for a feasible plan the while I watched, catlike, the old man's every move, he took up the money-pouch and crossed to one end of the apartment, where, bending to his knees, he fumbled with a panel in the wall.
Other rack systems can be more permanent in structure so that once put into place, moving them and the barrels contained therein may not be practical or would require special forklift attachments to move the barrels in and out of the racking system.
com)-- PV Racking has finished the first quarter of 2013 with a new sales record.
Efficiency continues to be a driving force in the materials handling industry, and the right racking solution in a warehouse can represent a company's ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.
He adds, "pallets are part of the support structure of the product, and should receive the same inspection and have the same quality standards as the racking structure.