A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
* Alexander Pope
A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke XIV:
- A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, / Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke .
A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.
A frame worn on the neck of an animal, such as a cow, pig, or goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
(figuratively) A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it.
The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.
* 1913 ,
- And another sayd: I have bought fyve yooke of oxen, and I must goo to prove them, I praye the have me excused.
(bodybuilding) Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
* 2010 , Jim Wendler, "Build an NFL Neck", Men's Fitness (April), page 73.
- [...] this city child was dressed in what was then called the "Kate Greenaway" manner, and her red cashmere frock, gathered full from the yoke , came almost to the floor.
(aviation) The column-mounted of an aircraft.
(electronics) The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
(nautical) A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.
(agriculture, dated, uncommon) An alternative name for a cowpoke.
(glassblowing) A Y-shaped stand used to support a blowpipe or punty while reheating in the glory hole.
(engineering) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
A tie securing two timbers together, not used for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
(dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
The amount of land ploughed in a day by a pair of oxen.
- Nothing says you're a dedicated lifter and true athlete more than a massive yoke —that is, the muscles of the neck, traps, and rear delts.
A portion of the working day.
- to work two yokes , i.e. to work both morning and afternoon
(informal, Ireland) A miscellaneous object; a gadget.
* (aviation) control wheel
* pass under the yoke
* under the yoke
To link or to join.
To unite, to connect.
* Bible, 2 Corinthians vi. 14
- Muriel and Benjamin yoked themselves into an old governess-cart and did their share.
To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
- Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.
- Then were they yoked with garrisons.
- The words and promises that yoke / The conqueror are quickly broke.
* yoke together
See Dutch rekken
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 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.
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.
- During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity.
(billiards, snooker, pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.
- I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
(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.
- See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rack_%28billiards%29]
A grate on which bacon is laid.
(obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction.
- I used almost a full rack on the second pitch.
* bike rack
* cheese rack/cheese-rack
* gun rack
* spice rack
* roof rack
* toast rack
To place in or hang on a rack.
To torture (someone) on the rack.
* Alexander Pope
* 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 228:
- He was racked and miserably tormented.
To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
- 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.
(figurative) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
- Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair.
- Try what my credit can in Venice do; / That shall be racked even to the uttermost.
- The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants.
(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.
- They rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof.
stretch joints of a person
* rack one's brain
Probably from (etyl)
To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
* Francis Bacon
* Charles Kingsley
- The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack , pass without noise.
- And the night rack came rolling up.
(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.
See , or rock (verb).
(of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace.
(obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
* Samuel Pepys
- All goes to rack .
* rack and ruin