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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.
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, racksPhrasal Verbs:
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.
rack out Slang
To go to sleep or get some sleep.
rack up InformalIdioms:
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.
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.
rack 3also wrack (răk)
A thin mass of wind-driven clouds.
[Middle English rak, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish rak, wreckage.]
Variant of wrack1.
n. & v.
Variant of wrack2.
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.]
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.]
Racket, Racquet, Racquette, Roquet or Rackeran assembly of high society at a private house, 1745; a popular, noisy or confused group; also the noise made by such a group.
Examples: racquet of mirth and war, 1822; racket of society, 1886.