From (back) (verb)
(obsolete, slang) Put on one's back; killed; rendered dead.
(in combination) Having specified type of back.
- He wishes to have the senior, or old square-toes, backed ; he longs to have his father on six men's shoulders; that is, carried to the grave.
- a high-backed chair
(in combination) Having specified type of backing.
- red-backed shrike
- asset-backed securities
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