WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rack•et1 /ˈrækɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a loud noise, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind;
    din;
    uproar:[usually singular]What a racket last night with her party!
  2. an organized illegal or dishonest activity, as making demands of money by threat or violence.
  3. Slang Terms
    • an occupation, livelihood, or business:the teaching racket.
    • an easy or profitable source of making money:You mean he gets paid for not working? What a racket.

rack•et2 /ˈrækɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Sport[countable] a light wooden or metal instrument with a handle and a net, usually catgut or nylon, stretched in an oval frame, used to hit a ball or birdie in tennis, badminton, etc.
  2. Sport[countable] the short-handled paddle used to hit the ball in table tennis and paddle tennis.
  3. Sportrackets, [uncountable;  used with a singular verb] a game played with rackets and a ball in a four-walled court.
Also,  ˈrac•quet (for defs. 1, 2. ).
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rack•et1  (rakit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a loud noise or clamor, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind;
    din;
    uproar:The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
  2. social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
  3. an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
  4. a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.:the latest weight-reducing racket.
  5. Usually,  the rackets. organized illegal activities:Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
  6. Slang Terms
    • an occupation, livelihood, or business.
    • an easy or profitable source of livelihood.

v.i. 
  1. to make a racket or noise.
  2. to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
  • 1555–65; 1890–95 for def. 6; metathetic variant of dialect, dialectal rattick; see rattle1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tumult, disturbance, outcry. See  noise. 
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tranquillity.

rack•et2  (rakit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
  2. Sportthe short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
  3. Sportrackets, (used with a sing. v.) racquet (def. 1).
  4. a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Also,  racquet (for defs. 1, 2, 4). racket•like′, adj. 
  • Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
  • Middle French raquette, rachette, perh.
  • 1490–1500


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rackets /ˈrækɪts/ n
  1. (functioning as singular) a game similar to squash played in a large four-walled court by two or four players using rackets and a small hard ball
  2. (as modifier): a rackets court, a rackets championship



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