rack1 [rak]
[ME racke < LowG rack < IE * rek-, to project, bar > ROCK2]
1. a framework, grating, case, stand, etc. for holding or displaying various things [clothes rack, dish rack, pipe rack, bomb rack]: often used in combination: see HATRACK, HAYRACK, etc.
a) a triangular form for arranging billiard balls at the beginning of a game of pool
b) the billiard balls as set up before the break
3. a lift used for automotive vehicles
4. a frame for holding cases of type
5. a toothed bar into which a pinion, worm gear, etc. meshes for receiving or transmitting motion, as in automotive steering systems: see GEAR
6. a pair of antlers
7. an instrument of torture having a frame on which the victim's body is bound and stretched until the limbs are pulled out of place
8. any great mental or physical torment, or its cause
9. a wrenching or upheaval, as by a storm
[prob. < MDu recken]
1. to arrange in or on a rack
2. to torture on a rack
3. to trouble, torment, or afflict [a body racked with pain]
a) to oppress by unfair demands, esp. by exacting exorbitant rents
b) to raise (rents) to an exorbitant degree
off the rack
ready-made: said of clothing
on the rack
in a very difficult or painful situation
rack one's brains
to try very hard to remember or think of something
rack up Slang
1. to gain, score, or achieve [to rack up a victory]
2. to be the victor over or beat decisively
3. to knock down, as with a punch
4. to injure, wreck, or destroy, as in an accident [racked up the car]
rack2 [rak]
n., vi.
[< ?]
rack3 [rak]
[var. of WRACK1]
destruction; wreckage: now only in go to rack and ruin, to become ruined
rack4 [rak]
[ME rac, prob. < Scand, as in ON reka, to drive, Norw, Swed dial. rak, a wreck: for IE base see WREAK]
a broken mass of clouds blown by the wind
to be blown by the wind: said of clouds
rack5 [rak]
[LME rakken < Prov arracar < raca, husks and stems of grapes, thick dregs]
to draw off (cider, wine, etc.) from the dregs
rack6 [rak]
[< ? RACK1]
1. the neck or forepart of the spine, especially of mutton or pork
2. the rib section of lamb, usually including eight or nine pairs of ribs, used for a roast or for rib chops: in full rack of lamb

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