Associations to the word «Rack»


RACK, noun. A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
RACK, noun. Any of various kinds of frame for holding clothes, bottles, animal fodder, mined ore, shot on a vessel, etc.
RACK, noun. (nautical) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; called also rack block.
RACK, noun. A distaff.
RACK, noun. A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with those of a gearwheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive or be driven by it.
RACK, noun. A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with a pawl as a ratchet allowing movement in one direction only, used for example in a handbrake or crossbow.
RACK, noun. A device, incorporating a ratchet, used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
RACK, noun. A cranequin, a mechanism including a rack, pinion and pawl, providing both mechanical advantage and a ratchet, used to bend and cock a crossbow.
RACK, noun. A pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
RACK, noun. A cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs.
RACK, noun. (billiards) (snooker) (pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.
RACK, noun. (slang) (vulgar) A woman's breasts.
RACK, noun. (climbing) (caving) A friction device for abseiling, consisting of a frame with 5 or more metal bars, around which the rope is threaded. Also rappel rack, abseil rack.
RACK, noun. (climbing) (slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc.
RACK, noun. A grate on which bacon is laid.
RACK, noun. (obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction.
RACK, verb. To place in or hang on a rack.
RACK, verb. To torture (someone) on the rack.
RACK, verb. To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
RACK, verb. (figurative) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
RACK, verb. (billiards) (snooker) (pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
RACK, verb. (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.
RACK, verb. To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
RACK, verb. (mining) To wash (metals, ore, etc.) on a rack.
RACK, verb. (nautical) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
RACK, verb. Stretch joints of a person
RACK, verb. To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
RACK, noun. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
RACK, verb. (brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs.
RACK, verb. (of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace.
RACK, noun. A fast amble.
RACK, noun. (obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
RACK AND PINION, noun. A pair of gears, consisting of a circular pinion that engages with the teeth of a flat bar, that converts rotational into linear motion; used in the steering mechanism of cars, and in some railways
RACK AND RUIN, noun. (idiomatic) Complete destruction
RACK AND SNAIL, noun. A mechanism in a striking timepiece that allows the hands to be advanced without having to wait for it to strike
RACK JOBBER, noun. (business) A wholesaler who merchandises goods on racks in retail shops.
RACK OFF, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see rack,‎ off.
RACK OFF, verb. (Australia) (informal) To go away; to sod off.
RACK ONE'S BRAIN, verb. (idiomatic) To struggle to think of or remember something.
RACK ONE'S BRAINS, verb. Alternative form of rack one's brain
RACK RATE, noun. (travel) The published, full price for a room in a hotel that has not been pre-booked
RACK RENT, noun. A rent equal or nearly equal to the annual value of the property
RACK RENT, noun. An excessive rent
RACK TIME, noun. Any amount of free time to sleep or rest.
RACK UP, verb. (snooker) (billiards) (cue sports) to arrange in a rack
RACK UP, verb. (idiomatic) to gain (points etc.; in a game or sport)
RACK UP, verb. (idiomatic) to acquire, to gather together.
RACK UP, verb. (idiomatic) to defeat severely, to thrash

Dictionary definition

RACK, noun. Framework for holding objects.
RACK, noun. Rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton.
RACK, noun. The destruction or collapse of something; "wrack and ruin".
RACK, noun. An instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims.
RACK, noun. A support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack".
RACK, noun. A form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body.
RACK, noun. A rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately.
RACK, verb. Go at a rack; "the horses single-footed".
RACK, verb. Stretch to the limits; "rack one's brains".
RACK, verb. Put on a rack and pinion; "rack a camera".
RACK, verb. Obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him".
RACK, verb. Run before a gale.
RACK, verb. Fly in high wind.
RACK, verb. Draw off from the lees; "rack wine".
RACK, verb. Torment emotionally or mentally.
RACK, verb. Work on a rack; "rack leather".
RACK, verb. Seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block.
RACK, verb. Torture on the rack.

Wise words

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.