rack

A rack is a device meant to hold something, or several things. A coat rack has hooks for hanging coats, and a magazine rack has shelves or slots to hold magazines.

In a store, racks hold and display items for sale (like clothes racks and book racks), while in your house you have racks for storing things (a spice rack), or drying them (in the case of a towel rack). If you rack, or wrack, your brain, it means you think extra hard;and when something goes "to rack and ruin," it becomes old and decrepit, or falls apart.

Primary Meanings of rack

1.
nv
framework for holding objects
work on a rack
2.
nv
an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
torture on the rack
3.
n
the destruction or collapse of something
4.
n
rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
5.
nv
a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
go at a rack
6.
v
fly in high wind
7.
v
draw off from the lees
Full Definitions of rack
1

n framework for holding objects

Types:
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barbecue, barbeque
a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
bicycle rack
a rack for parking bicycles
carrier
a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
coat rack, coatrack, hatrack
a rack with hooks for temporarily holding coats and hats
dish rack
a rack for holding dishes as dishwater drains off of them
hayrack
a rack that holds hay for feeding livestock
pipe rack
a rack for holding a smoker's pipes
plate rack
a rack for holding plates to dry after they have been washed
tie rack
a rack for storing ties
toastrack
a rack for holding slices of toast
towel horse, towel rack
a rack consisting of one or more bars on which towels can be hung
bomb rack
a device on an aircraft for carrying bombs
luggage carrier
carrier (as behind a bicycle seat) for luggage
luggage rack, roof rack
carrier for holding luggage above the seats of a train or on top of a car
ski rack
a carrier for holding skis on top of a vehicle
Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something

n a support for displaying various articles

“the newspapers were arranged on a rack
Synonyms:
stand
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bier
a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
cruet-stand
a stand for cruets containing various condiments
dress rack
a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store
magazine rack
a rack for displaying magazines
music rack, music stand
a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
spice rack
a rack for displaying containers filled with spices
tripod
a three-legged rack used for support
camera tripod
a tripod used to support a camera
catafalque
a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
easel
an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
Type of:
support
any device that bears the weight of another thing

v work on a rack

rack leather”
Type of:
process, work, work on
shape, form, or improve a material

v put on a rack and pinion

rack a camera”
Type of:
put to work, work
cause to work

v seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block

Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab
2

n an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims

Synonyms:
wheel
Type of:
instrument of torture
an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person

n a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body

Type of:
torture, torturing
the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason

v torture on the rack

Type of:
excruciate, torment, torture
subject to torture

v stretch to the limits

rack one's brains”
Type of:
strain, stress, try
test the limits of

v torment emotionally or mentally

Synonyms:
excruciate, torment, torture
Type of:
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable

v obtain by coercion or intimidation

Synonyms:
extort, gouge, squeeze, wring
Types:
bleed
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
rip off; ask an unreasonable price
3

n the destruction or collapse of something

Synonyms:
wrack
Type of:
demolition, destruction, wipeout
an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
4

n rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton

Types:
crown roast, rack of lamb
a roast of the rib section of lamb
Type of:
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
5

n a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately

Synonyms:
single-foot
Type of:
gait
a horse's manner of moving

v go at a rack

Synonyms:
single-foot
Type of:
pace
go at a pace
6

v fly in high wind

Type of:
fly, wing
travel through the air; be airborne

v run before a gale

Synonyms:
scud
Type of:
sail
travel on water propelled by wind
7

v draw off from the lees

rack wine”
Type of:
draw, take out
take liquid out of a container or well

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