noun, Machinery, Automotive.
See under 1 (def 5a).
a framework of bars, wires, or pegs on which articles are arranged or deposited:
a clothes rack; a luggage rack.
a fixture containing several tiered shelves, often affixed to a wall:
a book rack; a spice rack.
a spreading framework set on a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or the like, in large loads.
a former instrument of torture consisting of a framework on which a victim was tied, often spread-eagled, by the wrists and ankles, to be slowly stretched by spreading the parts of the framework.
a cause or state of intense suffering of body or mind.
a pair of antlers.
Slang. a bed, cot, or bunk:
I spent all afternoon in the rack.
verb (used with object)
to torture; distress acutely; torment:
His body was racked with pain.
to strain in mental effort:
to rack one’s brains.
to strain by physical force or violence.
to strain beyond what is normal or usual.
to stretch the body of (a person) in torture by means of a rack.
Nautical. to seize (two ropes) together side by side.
rack out, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep:
I racked out all afternoon.
a framework for holding, carrying, or displaying a specific load or object: a plate rack, a hat rack, a hay rack, a luggage rack
a toothed bar designed to engage a pinion to form a mechanism that will interconvert rotary and rectilinear motions
a framework fixed to an aircraft for carrying bombs, rockets, etc
the rack, an instrument of torture that stretched the body of the victim
a cause or state of mental or bodily stress, suffering, etc; anguish; torment (esp in the phrase on the rack)
(slang, mainly US) a woman’s breasts
(US & Canadian, in pool, snooker, etc)
to torture on the rack
Also wrack. to cause great stress or suffering to: guilt racked his conscience
Also wrack. to strain or shake (something) violently, as by great physical force: the storm racked the town
to place or arrange in or on a rack: to rack bottles of wine
to move (parts of machinery or a mechanism) using a toothed rack
to raise (rents) exorbitantly; rack-rent
rack one’s brains, to strain in mental effort, esp to remember something or to find the solution to a problem
destruction; wreck (obsolete except in the phrase go to rack and ruin)
another word for single-foot, a gait of the horse
a group of broken clouds moving in the wind
(intransitive) (of clouds) to be blown along by the wind
to clear (wine, beer, etc) as by siphoning it off from the dregs
to fill a container with (beer, wine, etc)
the neck or rib section of mutton, pork, or veal
“frame with bars,” c.1300, possibly from Middle Dutch rec “framework,” literally “something stretched out, related to recken (modern rekken) “stretch out,” cognate with Old English reccan “to stretch out,” from Proto-Germanic *rak- (cf. Old Saxon rekkian, Old Frisian reza, Old Norse rekja, Old High German recchen, German recken, Gothic uf-rakjan “to stretch out”), from PIE *rog-, from root *reg- “to move in a straight line” (see regal).
Meaning “instrument of torture” first recorded early 15c., perhaps from German rackbank, originally an implement for stretching leather, etc. Mechanical meaning “toothed bar” is from 1797 (see pinion). Meaning “set of antlers” is first attested 1945, American English; hence slang sense of “a woman’s breasts” (especially if large), by 1991. Meaning “framework for displaying clothes” is from 1948; hence off the rack (1951) of clothing, as opposed to tailored.
type of gait of a horse, 1580s, from rack (v.) “move with a fast, lively gait” 1520s in this sense (implied in racking), of unknown origin; perhaps from French racquassure “racking of a horse in his pace,” itself of unknown origin. Or perhaps a variant of rock (v.1).
“clouds driven before the wind,” c.1300, also “rush of wind, collision, crash,” originally a northern word, possibly from Old English racu “cloud” (or an unrecorded Scandinavian cognate of it), reinforced by Old Norse rek “wreckage, jetsam,” or by influence of Old English wræc “something driven;” from Proto-Germanic *wrakaz, from PIE root *wreg- “to push, shove” (see wreak-). Often confused with wrack (n.), especially in phrase rack and ruin (1590s). The distinction is that rack is “driven clouds;” wrack is “seaweed cast up on shore.”
“cut of animal meat and bones,” 1560s, of unknown origin; perhaps from some resemblance to rack (n.1). Cf. rack-bone “vertebrae” (1610s).
“to stretch out for drying,” also “to torture on the rack,” early 15c., from rack (n.1). Of other pains from 1580s. Figurative sense of “to torment” is from c.1600. Meaning “raise above a fair level” (of rent, etc.) is from 1550s. Meaning “fit with racks” is from 1580s. Teenager slang meaning “to sleep” is from 1960s (rack (n.) was Navy slang for “bed” in 1940s). Related: Racked; racking. Rack up “register, accumulate, achieve” is first attested 1943 (in “Billboard”), probably from method of keeping score in pool halls.
meat rack, off-the-rack, rim-rock
[probably fr torture on the rack, a stretching machine, the verb found by 1433]
noun 1. (in an inclined-plane or mountain-climbing railway) a rail between the running rails having cogs or teeth with which cogwheels on the locomotive engage.
noun 1. . noun 1. a steep mountain railway having a middle rail fitted with a rack that engages a pinion on the locomotive to provide traction Also called cog railway
[rak-rent] /ˈrækˌrɛnt/ noun 1. Also, rack rent. rent equal to or nearly equal to the full annual value of a property. verb (used with object) 2. to exact the highest possible rent for. 3. to demand rack-rent from. noun 1. a high rent that annually equals or nearly equals the value of the property upon […]
[rak-wurk] /ˈrækˌwɜrk/ noun 1. a mechanism utilizing a , as a .