rack

n.

  1. Same as Arrack.
  2. The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.
  3. A wreck; destruction.
  4. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky.
  5. A fast amble.

v. i.

  1. To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.

v.

  1. To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse.

v. t.

  1. To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine.
  2. 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.
  3. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish.
  4. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  5. To wash on a rack, as metals or ore.
  6. To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.

a.

  1. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something.
  2. 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.
  3. An instrument for bending a bow.
  4. A grate on which bacon is laid.
  5. A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts.
  6. A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc.
  7. 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.
  8. A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed.
  9. A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads.
  10. A distaff.
  11. 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.
  12. That which is extorted; exaction.