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rack meaning and definition

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RACK noun

Definition of rack (noun)

  1. framework for holding objects
  2. rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  3. the destruction or collapse of something
    • "wrack and ruin"
    • synonyms: wrack
  4. an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  5. a support for displaying various articles
    • "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
    • synonyms: stand
  6. a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
  7. a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately

RACK verb

Definition of rack (verb)

  1. go at a rack
  2. stretch to the limits
    • "rack one's brains"
  3. put on a rack and pinion
    • "rack a camera"
  4. 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"
    • synonyms: extort, gouge, squeeze, wring
  5. run before a gale
  6. fly in high wind
  7. draw off from the lees
    • "rack wine"
  8. torment emotionally or mentally
  9. work on a rack
    • "rack leather"
  10. seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
  11. torture on the rack
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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