[ raks ]
/ ræks /
Scot. and North England

verb (used without object)

to stretch oneself, as after sleeping.
to extend the hand.

verb (used with object)

to elongate; stretch.

Nearby words

  1. rawlplug,
  2. rawls,
  3. rawly,
  4. rawmaish,
  5. rawsthorne,
  6. ray,
  7. ray floret,
  8. ray flower,
  9. ray gun,
  10. ray, john

Origin of rax

before 1000; Middle English (north) raxen, Old English raxan; akin to Old English reccean to stretch, German recken

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Examples from the Web for raxed

  • I daresay I do, and I wish to God it was only this raxed arm that was the worst of my ailment.

    John Splendid|Neil Munro
  • Cloured crowns were plenty, and raxed necks came into fashion.

    Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
  • It's twa-three days since the doctor certifiedst him; noo his muscles hae stiffened and raxed him up.

British Dictionary definitions for raxed


/ (ræks) Scot /


(tr) to stretch or extend
(intr) to reach out
(tr) to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand; reachrax me the salt
(tr) to strain or sprain


the act of stretching or straining

Word Origin for rax

Old English raxan

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