rack

1
[ rak ]
/ ræk /
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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.
  2. Informal. to tally, accumulate, or amass as an achievement or score: The corporation racked up the greatest profits in its history.

Nearby words

  1. racing flag,
  2. racing form,
  3. racing skate,
  4. racism,
  5. racist,
  6. rack and pinion,
  7. rack and ruin, go to,
  8. rack car,
  9. rack locomotive,
  10. rack off

Origin of rack

1
1250–1300; Middle English rakke, rekke (noun) < Middle Dutch rac, rec, recke; compare Middle Low German reck, German Reck

Related formsrack·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedrack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked

rack

3
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

the fast pace of a horse in which the legs move in lateral pairs but not simultaneously.

verb (used without object)

(of horses) to move in a rack.

Origin of rack

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

rack

4

or wrack

[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

Also called cloud rack. a group of drifting clouds.

verb (used without object)

to drive or move, especially before the wind.

Origin of rack

4
1350–1400; Middle English rak, reck(e); origin uncertain

rack

5
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

verb (used with object)

to draw off (wine, cider, etc.) from the lees.

Origin of rack

5
1425–75; late Middle English < Old French; compare obsolete French raqué (of wine) pressed from the dregs of grapes

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British Dictionary definitions for racked

rack

1
/ (ræk) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also rack up

Derived Formsracker, 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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rack

2
/ (ræk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for rack

C16: variant of wrack 1

rack

3
/ (ræk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for rack

C16: perhaps based on rock ²

rack

4
/ (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

rack

5
/ (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

rack

6
/ (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 racked

rack

In addition to the idioms beginning with rack

  • rack and ruin, go to
  • rack one's brain
  • rack out
  • rack up

also see:

  • on the rack
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