Self vs Rack - What's the difference?

self | rack |

As a proper noun self

is .

As a noun rack is

dress, skirt.



(wikipedia self)


(English Pronouns)
  • (obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).
  • This argument was put forward by the defendant self .
  • Myself.
  • I made out a cheque, payable to self , which cheered me up somewhat.


  • The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts.
  • *
  • *:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self . It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  • An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness (plural selves).
  • * (1788-1856)
  • *:The self , the I, is recognized in every act of intelligence as the subject to which that act belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that feel, I that will, I that am conscious.
  • *, chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too!
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • (lb) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).
  • Derived terms

    * selfie

    See also

    * self- * person * I * ego


    (en verb)
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.
  • Antonyms

    * outcross


  • (obsolete) same
  • * 1605 , William Shakespeare, King Lear , I.i:
  • I am made of that self mettle as my sister.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • on these self hills
  • * Dryden
  • At that self moment enters Palamon.



    (wikipedia rack)

    Etymology 1

    See Dutch rekken


    (en noun)
  • A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
  • Any of various kinds of frame for holding clothes, bottles, animal fodder, mined ore, shot on a vessel, etc.
  • (nautical) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; called also rack block.
  • A distaff.
  • A bar with teeth]] on its face or edge, to work with those of a gearwheel, [[pinion#Etymology 2, pinion, or worm, which is to drive or be driven by it.
  • 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.
  • A device, incorporating a ratchet, used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
  • * Macaulay
  • During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity.
  • A cranequin, a mechanism including a rack, pinion and pawl, providing both mechanical advantage and a ratchet, used to bend and a crossbow.
  • A pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
  • A cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs.
  • I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
  • (billiards, snooker, pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.
  • See []
  • (slang) A woman's breasts.
  • (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 .
  • (climbing, slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc.
  • I used almost a full rack on the second pitch.
  • A grate on which bacon is laid.
  • (obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction.
  • Derived terms
    * autorack * bike rack * cheese rack/cheese-rack * gun rack * spice rack * roof rack * toast rack


    (en verb)
  • To place in or hang on a rack.
  • To torture (someone) on the rack.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • He was racked and miserably tormented.
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 228:
  • As the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt later recalled, his father, Henry VII's jewel-house keeper Henry Wyatt, had been racked on the orders of Richard III, who had sat there and watched.
  • To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
  • * Milton
  • Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair.
  • (figurative) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Try what my credit can in Venice do; / That shall be racked even to the uttermost.
  • * Spenser
  • The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants.
  • * Fuller
  • They rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof.
  • (billiards, snooker, pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
  • (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.
  • To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
  • (mining) To wash (metals, ore, etc.) on a rack.
  • (nautical) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
  • Etymology 2



    (en verb)
  • stretch joints of a person
  • Derived terms
    * rack one's brain

    Etymology 3

    Probably from (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
  • Noun

  • Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack , pass without noise.
  • * Charles Kingsley
  • And the night rack came rolling up.

    Etymology 4

    (etyl) rakken


    (en verb)
  • (brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • It is in common practice to draw wine or beer from the lees (which we call racking ), whereby it will clarify much the sooner.

    Etymology 5

    See , or rock (verb).


    (en verb)
  • (of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace.
  • (Fuller)


    (en noun)
  • A fast amble.
  • Etymology 6

    See wreck.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
  • * Samuel Pepys
  • All goes to rack .
    Derived terms
    * rack and ruin