rack: Meaning and Definition of
- 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.
- He took aim at the rack.
- a wooden frame of triangular shape within which the balls are arranged before play.
- the balls so arranged:He took aim at the rack.
- 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.
- a bar having a series of notches engaging with a pawl or the like.
- 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.
- torment; anguish.
- violent strain.
- a pair of antlers.
- a bed, cot, or bunk: I spent all afternoon in the rack.
- 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.
- to seize (two ropes) together side by side.
- to go to bed; go to sleep: I racked out all afternoon.
- The corporation racked up the greatest profits in its history.
- Pool.to put (the balls) in a rack.
- Informal.to tally, accumulate, or amass as an achievement or score:The corporation racked up the greatest profits in its history.
- ruin or destruction; wrack.
- to decay, decline, or become destroyed: His property went to rack and ruin in his absence.
- to wreck, esp. a vehicle.
- the fast pace of a horse in which the legs move in lateral pairs but not simultaneously.
- (of horses) to move in a rack.
- Also calleda group of drifting clouds.
- to drive or move, esp. before the wind.
- to draw off (wine, cider, etc.) from the lees.
- the neck portion of mutton, pork, or veal.
- the rib section of a foresaddle of lamb, mutton, or sometimes veal.
- rack (Thesaurus)