social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.: the latest weight-reducing racket.
Usually the rackets . organized illegal activities: Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
an occupation, livelihood, or business.
an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
to make a racket or noise.
to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
- racket , racquet
Other definitions for racket (2 of 2)
a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet (def. 1).
a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
- Also rac·quet (for defs. 1, 2, 4) .
- rack·et·like, adjective
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How to use racket in a sentence
A neighbor, apparently annoyed by the racket, started filming the scene and caught Wallen using the racial slur.Country star Morgan Wallen suspended by record label, dropped by hundreds of radio stations after using racial slur | Emily Yahr | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
As you might’ve guessed, Warrior is determined to cut through the racket.One of tech’s most powerful women wants to modernize your book club | Claire Zillman | January 15, 2021 | Fortune
If I’m on a tennis site, I might be served an ad for a tennis racket.
Yes, there are consumer products that are upsold based on their use of graphene—headphones, tennis rackets, shoes—but “success is having hundreds to thousands of tons of your material being sold,” he says.Graphene gets real: Meet the entrepreneurs bringing the wonder substance to market | David Meyer | December 13, 2020 | Fortune
As a vendor, it’s tempting to make claims that will get your company noticed and help your product stand out in the racket—but don’t.The email security market is littered with false claims. How to fix it | jakemeth | November 27, 2020 | Fortune
For decades, these two industrial brewers have basked in a sort of shared-monopoly over the Panamanian beer racket.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to police, Kory then attacked the victim with an aluminum tennis racket.Meet Your New ‘Hot Mugshot Guy’: Sean Kory, Fox News’ Public Enemy No. 1 | Marlow Stern | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For all who do believe this, the very existence of Israel is a sort of fraud or a racket.
This past Monday afternoon, I headed off for my regular tennis game with my racket strapped to my back and my wife in her whites.I Heard About the Latest Crazed Shooter While I Watched the World Cup with Guys He Almost Killed | Daniel Genis | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Across the street, in a chinaberry tree, a gang of sparrows are making a racket.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is simpler than having to cram and then stand the racket of a competitive examination.
Surely no one inside the Weedham plant could have heard the gun fire above the racket the machines were making.
Below the latest war communiques was a small column-head about a threatened gang war in the numbers racket.
Midway down the page was more about the threatened strife in the numbers racket.
Girra was a powerful figure in the metropolitan pin-ball game syndicate and had a piece of the number policy racket too.
British Dictionary definitions for racket (1 of 2)
a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
slang a business or occupation: what's your racket?
a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
(intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
British Dictionary definitions for racket (2 of 2)
a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
(tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
- See also rackets
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