rack

1
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

rack out, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep: I racked out all afternoon.
rack up,
  1. Pool. to put (the balls) in a rack: You rack 'em up, and I'll break.
  2. Informal. to tally, accumulate, or amass, as an achievement or score: The corporation racked up the greatest profits in its history.

Origin of rack

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun rakke, rekke, from Middle Dutch rac, rec, recke; compare Middle Low German reck, German Reck

synonym study for rack

13. See torment.

OTHER WORDS FROM rack

rack·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rack

rack , wrack.

Definition for rack (2 of 6)

rack2
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

ruin or destruction; wrack:We found our boat in a complete state of rack.

Verb Phrases

rack up, Slang. to wreck, especially a vehicle: People don't realize how easy it is to rack up a car in this fog.

Origin of rack

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; variant of wrack

Definition for rack (3 of 6)

rack3
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

the fast pace of a horse in which the legs move in lateral pairs but not simultaneously: Playing the video in slow motion catches each footfall in the horse's rack.

verb (used without object)

(of horses) to move in a rack: a group of mustangs racking at top speed.

Origin of rack

3
First recorded in 1570–80; perhaps variant of rock2

Definition for rack (4 of 6)

rack4
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

Also called cloud rack . a group of drifting clouds: The first rays of dawn struggle to pierce the dreary rack of storm clouds.

verb (used without object)

be driven or moved, as a cloud, before the wind: a wispy train of clouds racking to our west.
Also wrack .

Origin of rack

4
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English rak, reck(e); further origin uncertain

Definition for rack (5 of 6)

rack5
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

verb (used with object)

to draw off (wine, cider, etc.) from the lees: How recently was this wine racked into a clean barrel?

Origin of rack

5
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Old French; compare obsolete French raqué “(of wine) pressed from the dregs of grapes”

Definition for rack (6 of 6)

rack6
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

the rib section of a foresaddle of lamb, mutton, pork, or sometimes veal: a roasted rack of lamb with potatoes and asparagus.
(formerly) the neck portion of mutton, pork, or veal.

Origin of rack

6
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for rack (1 of 6)

rack1
/ (ræk) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also rack up

Derived forms of rack

racker, noun

Word Origin for rack

C14 rekke, probably from Middle Dutch rec framework; related to Old High German recchen to stretch, Old Norse rekja to spread out

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British Dictionary definitions for rack (2 of 6)

rack2
/ (ræk) /

noun

destruction; wreck (obsolete except in the phrase go to rack and ruin)

Word Origin for rack

C16: variant of wrack 1

British Dictionary definitions for rack (3 of 6)

rack3
/ (ræk) /

noun

another word for single-foot, a gait of the horse

Word Origin for rack

C16: perhaps based on rock ²

British Dictionary definitions for rack (4 of 6)

rack4
/ (ræk) /

noun

a group of broken clouds moving in the wind

verb

(intr) (of clouds) to be blown along by the wind

Word Origin for rack

Old English wrǣc what is driven; related to Gothic wraks persecutor, Swedish vrak wreckage

British Dictionary definitions for rack (5 of 6)

rack5
/ (ræk) /

verb (tr)

to clear (wine, beer, etc) as by siphoning it off from the dregs
to fill a container with (beer, wine, etc)

Word Origin for rack

C15: from Old Provençal arraca, from raca dregs of grapes after pressing

British Dictionary definitions for rack (6 of 6)

rack6
/ (ræk) /

noun

the neck or rib section of mutton, pork, or veal

Word Origin for rack

Old English hrace; related to Old High German rahho, Danish harke, Swedish harkla to clear one's throat
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Idioms and Phrases with rack

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