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  12  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  v.  i. 
  To  fly,  as  vapor  or  broken  clouds. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Racked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Racking}.]  [See  {Rack}  that  which  stretches,  or  {Rock},  v.] 
  To  amble  fast  causing  a  rocking  or  swaying  motion  of  the 
  body;  to  pace;  --  said  of  a  horse.  --Fuller. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  OF  vin  raqu['e]  squeezed  from  the  dregs 
  of  the  grapes.] 
  To  draw  off  from  the  lees  or  sediment,  as  wine. 
  It  is  in  common  practice  to  draw  wine  or  beer  from  the 
  lees  (which  we  call  racking),  whereby  it  will  clarify 
  much  the  sooner.  --Bacon. 
  {Rack  vintage},  wine  cleansed  and  drawn  from  the  lees. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n. 
  A  fast  amble. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n. 
  Same  as  Arrack. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n.  [Probably  fr  D.  rek,  rekbank  a  rack,  rekken  to 
  stretch;  akin  to  G.  reck,  reckbank  a  rack,  recken  to 
  stretch,  Dan.  r[ae]kke,  Sw  r["a]cka,  Icel.  rekja  to  spread 
  out  Goth.  refrakjan  to  stretch  out  cf  L.  porrigere  Gr  ?. 
  ?  Cf  {Right},  a.,  {Ratch}.] 
  1.  An  instrument  or  frame  used  for  stretching,  extending, 
  retaining,  or  displaying,  something  Specifically: 
  a  An  engine  of  torture,  consisting  of  a  large  frame, 
  upon  which  the  body  was  gradually  stretched  until, 
  sometimes  the  joints  were  dislocated;  --  formerly 
  used  judicially  for  extorting  confessions  from 
  criminals  or  suspected  persons. 
  During  the  troubles  of  the  fifteenth  century,  a 
  rack  was  introduced  into  the  Tower,  and  was 
  occasionally  used  under  the  plea  of  political 
  necessity.  --Macaulay. 
  b  An  instrument  for  bending  a  bow. 
  c  A  grate  on  which  bacon  is  laid. 
  d  A  frame  or  device  of  various  construction  for  holding, 
  and  preventing  the  waste  of  hay,  grain,  etc., 
  supplied  to  beasts. 
  e  A  frame  on  which  articles  are  deposited  for  keeping  or 
  arranged  for  display;  as  a  clothes  rack;  a  bottle 
  rack,  etc 
  f  (Naut.)  A  piece  or  frame  of  wood,  having  several 
  sheaves,  through  which  the  running  rigging  passes;  -- 
  called  also  {rack  block}.  Also  a  frame  to  hold  shot. 
  g  (Mining)  A  frame  or  table  on  which  ores  are  separated 
  or  washed. 
  h  A  frame  fitted  to  a  wagon  for  carrying  hay,  straw,  or 
  grain  on  the  stalk,  or  other  bulky  loads. 
  i  A  distaff. 
  2.  (Mech.)  A  bar  with  teeth  on  its  face,  or  edge,  to  work 
  with  those  of  a  wheel,  pinion,  or  worm,  which  is  to  drive 
  it  or  be  driven  by  it 
  3.  That  which  is  extorted;  exaction.  [Obs.]  --Sir  E.  Sandys. 
  {Mangle  rack}.  (Mach.)  See  under  {Mangle}.  n. 
  {Rack  block}.  (Naut.)  See  def.  1 
  (f),  above. 
  {Rack  lashing},  a  lashing  or  binding  where  the  rope  is 
  tightened,  and  held  tight  by  the  use  of  a  small  stick  of 
  wood  twisted  around 
  {Rack  rail}  (Railroads),  a  toothed  rack,  laid  as  a  rail,  to 
  afford  a  hold  for  teeth  on  the  driving  wheel  of  locomotive 
  for  climbing  steep  gradients,  as  in  ascending  a  mountain. 
  {Rack  saw},  a  saw  having  wide  teeth. 
  {Rack  stick},  the  stick  used  in  a  rack  lashing. 
  {To  be  on  the  rack},  to  suffer  torture,  physical  or  mental. 
  {To  live  at  rack  and  manger},  to  live  on  the  best  at 
  another's  expense.  [Colloq.] 
  {To  put  to  the  rack},  to  subject  to  torture;  to  torment. 
  A  fit  of  the  stone  puts  a  kingto  the  rack,  and  makes 
  him  as  miserable  as  it  does  the  meanest  subject. 
  --Sir  W. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n.  [AS.  hracca  neck,  hinder  part  of  the  head;  cf 
  AS  hraca  throat,  G.  rachen  throat,  E.  retch.] 
  The  neck  and  spine  of  a  fore  quarter  of  veal  or  mutton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n.  [See  {Wreck}.] 
  A  wreck;  destruction.  [Obs.,  except  in  a  few  phrases.] 
  {Rack  and  ruin},  destruction;  utter  ruin.  [Colloq.] 
  {To  go  to  rack},  to  perish;  to  be  destroyed.  [Colloq.]  ``All 
  goes  to  rack.''  --Pepys. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rack  \Rack\,  n.  [Prob.  fr  Icel.  rek  drift,  motion,  and  akin  to 
  reka  to  drive,  and  E.  wrack,  wreck.  ?.] 
  Thin,  flying,  broken  clouds,  or  any  portion  of  floating  vapor 
  in  the  sky.  --Shak. 
  The  winds  in  the  upper  region,  which  move  the  clouds 
  above,  which  we  call  the  rack,  .  .  .  pass  without 
  noise.  --Bacon. 
  And  the  night  rack  came  rolling  up  --C.  Kingsley. 
  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 
  He  was  racked  and  miserably  tormented.  --Pope. 
  2.  To  torment;  to  torture;  to  affect  with  extreme  pain  or 
  Vaunting  aloud  but  racked  with  deep  despair. 
  3.  To  stretch  or  strain,  in  a  figurative  sense  hence  to 
  harass,  or  oppress  by  extortion. 
  The  landlords  there  shamefully  rack  their  tenants. 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  framework  for  holding  objects 
  2:  rib  section  of  a  forequarter  of  veal  or  pork  or  especially 
  lamb  or  mutton 
  3:  the  destruction  or  collapse  of  something  "wrack  and  ruin" 
  [syn:  {wrack}] 
  4:  stretches,  disjoints  or  mutilates  victims  [syn:  {wheel}] 
  5:  a  support  for  displaying  various  articles;  "the  newspapers 
  were  arranged  on  a  rack"  [syn:  {stand}] 
  6:  a  rapid  gait  of  a  horse  in  which  each  foot  strikes  the 
  ground  separately  [syn:  {single-foot}] 
  v  1:  go  at  a  rack,  as  of  horses  [syn:  {single-foot}] 
  2:  rack  one's  brains 
  3:  work  by  a  rack  and  pinion  or  worm  so  as  to  extend  or 
  contract;  "rack  a  camera" 
  4:  obtain  by  coercion  or  intimidation;  "They  extorted  money 
  from  the  executive  by  threatening  to  reveal  his  past  to 
  the  company  boss"  [syn:  {extort},  {gouge},  {wring}] 
  5:  go  at  a  rack,  of  horses 
  6:  run  before  a  gale  [syn:  {scud}] 
  7:  fly  in  high  wind 
  8:  draw  off  from  the  lees,  as  of  wine 
  9:  torment  emotionally  or  mentally  [syn:  {torment},  {torture}, 
  10:  work  on  a  rack,  of  materials  such  as  leather 
  11:  seize  together,  as  of  parallel  ropes  of  a  tackle  in  order  to 
  prevent  running  through  the  block 
  12:  torture  on  the  rack 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  RACK,  n.  An  argumentative  implement  formerly  much  used  in  persuading 
  devotees  of  a  false  faith  to  embrace  the  living  truth.  As  a  call  to 
  the  unconverted  the  rack  never  had  any  particular  efficacy,  and  is  now 
  held  in  light  popular  esteem. 

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