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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rack  \Rack\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  extend  by  the  application  of  force;  to  stretch  or 
  strain;  specifically,  to  stretch  on  the  rack  or  wheel;  to 
  torture  by  an  engine  which  strains  the  limbs  and  pulls  the 
  joints. 
 
  He  was  racked  and  miserably  tormented.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  torment;  to  torture;  to  affect  with  extreme  pain  or 
  anguish. 
 
  Vaunting  aloud  but  racked  with  deep  despair. 
  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  stretch  or  strain,  in  a  figurative  sense  hence  to 
  harass,  or  oppress  by  extortion. 
 
  The  landlords  there  shamefully  rack  their  tenants. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  They  [landlords]  rack  a  Scripture  simile  beyond  the 
  true  intent  thereof.  --Fuller. 
 
  Try  what  my  credit  can  in  Venice  do  That  shall  be 
  racked  even  to  the  uttermost.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  (Mining)  To  wash  on  a  rack,  as  metals  or  ore. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  bind  together,  as  two  ropes,  with  cross  turns 
  of  yarn,  marline,  etc 
 
  {To  rack  one's  brains}  or  {wits},  to  exert  them  to  the  utmost 
  for  the  purpose  of  accomplishing  something 
 
  Syn:  To  torture;  torment;  rend;  tear. 




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