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Definition of Rack


  1. Same as Arrack.
  2. The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  3. A wreck; destruction.
  4. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.
  5. To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.
  6. To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse.
  7. A fast amble.
  8. To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
  9. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.
  10. An engine of torture, consisting of a large frame, upon which the body was gradually stretched until, sometimes, the joints were dislocated; -- formerly used judicially for extorting confessions from criminals or suspected persons.
  11. An instrument for bending a bow.
  12. A grate on which bacon is laid.
  13. A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts.
  14. A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc.
  15. A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; -- called also rack block. Also, a frame to hold shot.
  16. A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed.
  17. A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
  18. A distaff.
  19. A bar with teeth on its face, or edge, to work with those of a wheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive it or be driven by it.
  20. That which is extorted; exaction.
  21. To extend by the application of force; to stretch or strain; specifically, to stretch on the rack or wheel; to torture by an engine which strains the limbs and pulls the joints.
  22. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
  23. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  24. To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
  25. To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.

Rack Quotations

All those spices and herbs in your spice rack can do more than provide calorie-free, natural flavorings to enhance and make food delicious. They're also an incredible source of antioxidants and help rev up your metabolism and improve your health at the same time.
Suzanne Somers

I think I could walk into any music shop anywhere and with a guitar off the rack, a couple of basic pedals and an amp I could sound just like me. There's no devices, customized or otherwise, that give me my sound.
David Gilmour

When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. So when a woman is sifting through a rack of clothes, somehow that piece of clothing that you had so much fun designing speaks to her; she responds to it and buys it. I believe you can actually transfer that energy to material things as you're creating them.
Tom Ford

The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.
Rose Schneiderman

The unsaid message of that endless rack of juniors' pushup bras? No matter what size you are, it still isn't good enough.
Adora Svitak
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Rack Translations

rack in German is Gestell, Folterbank, Zahnstange, Gestell
rack in Latin is torqueo
rack in Spanish is perchero
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