- (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
- (as modifier): a rackets court, a rackets championship
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- a loud noise, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind;
uproar:[usually singular]What a racket last night with her party!
- an organized illegal or dishonest activity, as making demands of money by threat or violence.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sport[countable] the short-handled paddle used to hit the ball in table tennis and paddle tennis.
- Sportrackets, [uncountable; used with a singular verb] a game played with rackets and a ball in a four-walled court.
- a loud noise or clamor, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind;
uproar:The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
- social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
- an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
- a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.:the latest weight-reducing racket.
- Usually, the rackets. organized illegal activities:Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
- Slang Terms
- an occupation, livelihood, or business.
- an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
- to make a racket or noise.
- 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 (rak′it),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Sportthe short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
- Sportrackets, (used with a sing. v.) racquet (def. 1).
- a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
- Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
- Middle French raquette, rachette, perh.