1) a framework of bars, pegs, etc., on which articles are arranged or deposited:
a clothes rack[/ex]
2) cvb a fixture containing tiered shelves, often affixed to a wall:
a spice rack[/ex]
3) a framework set up on a vehicle to carry loads
4) gam
a) a triangular wooden frame in which balls are arranged before a game of pool
b) the balls so arranged
5) Mach.
a) mac a bar, with teeth on one of its sides, adapted to engage with the teeth of a pinion
(rack and pinion) or the like, as for converting circular into rectilinear motion or vice versa.
b) mac a bar having a series of notches engaging with a pawl or the like
6) a former instrument of torture on which a victim was slowly stretched
7) a cause or state of intense suffering of body or mind
8) violent strain
9) cvb zool. a pair of antlers
10) to torture; distress acutely; torment
11) to strain in mental effort:
to rack one's brains[/ex]
12) to strain by physical force or violence
13) to stretch the body of (a person) on a rack
14) phv gam rack up
a) phv Pool. to put (the balls) in a rack
b) phv to gain, achieve, or score:
The new store is racking up profits[/ex]
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME rakke, rekke (n.) < MD rac, rec, recke II
[[t]ræk[/t]] n.
wreckage or destruction; wrack:
to go to rack and ruin[/ex]
Etymology: 1590–1600; var. ofwrack1 III
[[t]ræk[/t]] n.
1) the fast pace of a horse in which the legs move in lateral pairs but not simultaneously
2) (of horses) to move in a rack
Etymology: 1570–80; perh. alter. of rock II IV
[[t]ræk[/t]] n.
1) mer a group of drifting clouds
2) to drive or move, esp. before the wind
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME rak V
[[t]ræk[/t]] v. t.
vin to draw off (wine, cider, etc.) from the lees
Etymology: 1425–75; < OF VI
[[t]ræk[/t]] n.
1) coo the neck portion of mutton, pork, or veal
2) coo the rib section of a foresaddle of lamb, veal, etc
Etymology: 1560–70; orig. uncert.

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