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.
a wooden frame of triangular shape within which the balls are arranged before play.
the balls so arranged:He took aim at the rack.
Mechanical Engineeringa 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.
Mechanical Engineeringa 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.
Zoologya pair of antlers.
[Slang.]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.
Nautical, Naval Termsto seize (two ropes) together side by side.
rack out,[Slang.]to go to bed; go to sleep:I racked out all afternoon.
[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.
Middle Dutch rac, rec, recke; compare Middle Low German reck, German Reck
Middle English rakke, rekke (noun, nominal) 1250–1300
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged torture, pain, agony, tribulation, ordeal.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See torment.
ruin or destruction; wrack.
go to rack and ruin, to decay, decline, or become destroyed:His property went to rack and ruin in his absence.
rack up,[Slang.]to wreck, esp. a vehicle.
variant of wrack1 1590–1600
the fast pace of a horse in which the legs move in lateral pairs but not simultaneously.
(of horses) to move in a rack.
perh. variant of rock2 1570–80
MeteorologyAlso called cloud rack. a group of drifting clouds.
to drive or move, esp. before the wind.
1350–1400; Middle English rak, reck(e); origin, originally uncertain
Wineto draw off (wine, cider, etc.) from the lees.
Old French; compare obsolete French raqué (of wine) pressed from the dregs of grapes
late Middle English 1425–75
Foodthe neck portion of mutton, pork, or veal.
Foodthe rib section of a foresaddle of lamb, mutton, or sometimes veal.
Etymology: Old English wræc persecution, misery; related to Gothic wraka, Old Norse rāk. Compare wreck, wretch USAGE The use of the spelling wrack rather than rack in sentences such as she was wracked by grief or the country was wracked by civil war is very common but is thought by many people to be incorrect
seaweed or other marine vegetation that is floating in the sea or has been cast ashore
any of various seaweeds of the genus Fucus, such as F. serratus (serrated wrack)
literaryordialecta wreck or piece of wreckage
a remnant or fragment of something destroyed
Etymology: 14th Century (in the sense: a wrecked ship, wreckage, hence later applied to marine vegetation washed ashore): perhaps from Middle Dutch wrak wreckage; the term corresponds to Old English wræcwrack1