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Meaning & Definition of Rack in English

English

Rack

/ræk/

noun

1. Framework for holding objects

    synonym:
  • rack

2. Rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton

    synonym:
  • rack

3. The destruction or collapse of something

  • "Wrack and ruin"
    synonym:
  • wrack
  • ,
  • rack

4. An instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims

    synonym:
  • rack
  • ,
  • wheel

5. A support for displaying various articles

  • "The newspapers were arranged on a rack"
    synonym:
  • rack
  • ,
  • stand

6. A form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body

    synonym:
  • rack

7. A rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately

    synonym:
  • rack
  • ,
  • single-foot

verb

1. Go at a rack

  • "The horses single-footed"
    synonym:
  • single-foot
  • ,
  • rack

2. Stretch to the limits

  • "Rack one's brains"
    synonym:
  • rack

3. Put on a rack and pinion

  • "Rack a camera"
    synonym:
  • rack

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"
    synonym:
  • extort
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • rack
  • ,
  • gouge
  • ,
  • wring

5. Run before a gale

    synonym:
  • scud
  • ,
  • rack

6. Fly in high wind

    synonym:
  • rack

7. Draw off from the lees

  • "Rack wine"
    synonym:
  • rack

8. Torment emotionally or mentally

    synonym:
  • torment
  • ,
  • torture
  • ,
  • excruciate
  • ,
  • rack

9. Work on a rack

  • "Rack leather"
    synonym:
  • rack

10. Seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block

    synonym:
  • rack

11. Torture on the rack

    synonym:
  • rack