rack  

  • Definition of rack

    • (n): a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately  
    • (n): a support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"  
    • (n): framework for holding objects  
    • (n): an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims  
    • (n): the destruction or collapse of something; "wrack and ruin"  
    • (n): rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton  
    • (v): torture on the rack  
    • (v): seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block  
    • (v): work on a rack; "rack leather"  
    • (v): stretch to the limits; "rack one''s brains"  
    • (v): torment emotionally or mentally  
    • (v): draw off from the lees; "rack wine"  
    • (v): fly in high wind  
    • (v): run before a gale  
    • (v): go at a rack; "the horses single-footed"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): put on a rack and pinion; "rack a camera"  

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