[ raks ]
/ ræks /
Scot. and North England
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verb (used without object)
to stretch oneself, as after sleeping.
to extend the hand.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of rax

First recorded before 1000; Middle English (north) rasken, raxen, Old English racsan, raxan; akin to Old English reccan, reccean “to stretch,” German recken
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How to use rax in a sentence

  • It's twa-three days since the doctor certifiedst him; noo his muscles hae stiffened and raxed him up.

  • Cloured crowns were plenty, and raxed necks came into fashion.

    Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
  • What deevil could he hae to say to Jeanie Deans, or to ony woman on earth, that he suld gang awa and get his neck raxed for her?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rax

/ (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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