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Rack

Definition of rack:

part of speech: noun

An instrument for racking or extending: an engine for stretching the body in order to extort a confession: a framework on which articles are arranged: the grating above a manger for hay: ( mech.) a straight bar with teeth to work with those of a wheel: ( fig.) extreme pain, anxiety, or doubt.

part of speech: verb

To stretch forcibly: to strain: to stretch on the rack or wheel: to torture: to exhaust.

part of speech: noun

An engine of torture; frame work on which things are laid; grating to hold hay; toothed bar; flying clouds.

part of speech: noun

Thin or broken clouds, drifting across the sky.

part of speech: verb

To go at a pacing gait, as a horse.

part of speech: verb

To strain; torture; draw off, as liquor.

part of speech: noun

A distaff.

part of speech: verb

To stretch or strain on an instrument of torture; torture; torment; as, racked by remorse; strain; tear; as, racked by a cough; tax greatly; as, to rack one's brain.

part of speech: noun

An instrument for torturing the body by stretching or straining the limbs; formerly used to force a confession; intense physical or mental suffering; a framework on or in which articles are hung or arranged; a straight bar having teeth which work with the teeth of a pinion or cogwheel; thin, broken, vapory clouds; wreck; used only in rack and ruin; a pacing gait of a horse.

part of speech: verb

To strain or draw off from the lees, as wine.

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