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rack1 US English

A framework, typically with rails, bars, hooks, or pegs, for holding or storing things

rack2 US English

A horse’s gait in which both hoofs on either side in turn are lifted almost simultaneously, and all four hoofs are off the ground together at certain moments

rack3 US English

A large cut of meat, typically lamb, that includes the front ribs

rack4 US English

Draw off (wine, beer, etc.) from the sediment in the barrel

rack5 US English

A mass of high, thick, fast-moving clouds

rack US Thesaurus

put the cake on a wire rack

rack New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

noun ‘framework for holding or storing things’ or ‘instrument of torture’ is always rack, not wrack; verb ‘torture by stretching on a rack’ can be rack or wrack, as can phrases rack and ruin, rack one's brains;

the rack in rack1 US English

An instrument of torture consisting of a frame on which the victim was stretched by turning rollers to which the wrists and ankles were tied

wrack in rack1 US English

Cause extreme physical or mental pain to; subject to extreme stress

wrack New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

mass of fast-moving cloud

rack in rack New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

noun ‘framework for holding or storing things’ or ‘instrument of torture’ is always rack, not wrack; verb ‘torture by stretching on a rack’ can be rack or wrack, as can phrases rack and ruin, rack one's brains;

pipe rack US English

A rack for holding tobacco pipes

rack rate US English

The official or advertised price of a hotel room, on which a discount is usually negotiable

rack rent US English

An extortionate or very high rent, especially an annual rent equivalent to the full value of the property to which it relates

roof rack US English

A framework for carrying luggage or equipment on the roof of a vehicle

plate rack US English

A rack in which plates are stored or placed to drain after being washed

toast rack US English

A rack for holding slices of toast at table

luggage rack US English

A shelf for stowing luggage, typically overhead, in a bus or train

rack mounting US English

The use of standardized racks for supporting electrical or electronic equipment

rack railway US English

Another term for cog railway.

off the rack US English

(Of clothes) ready-made rather than made to order

on the rack US English

Suffering intense distress or strain

rack one's brains US English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

rack something up US English

Accumulate or achieve something, typically a score or amount

rack-and-pinion US English

Denoting a mechanism, as for a car steering system, using a fixed cogged or toothed bar or rail engaging with a smaller cog

go to rack and ruin US English

Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect: fall into disrepair

hatrack US English

A tall freestanding post fitted with large hooks for hanging hats on

on the rack in rack1 US English

Suffering intense distress or strain

rack something up in rack1 US English

Accumulate or achieve something, typically a score or amount

coatrack US English

A rack or stand with hooks on which to hang coats, hats, etc.

rickrack US English

Braided trimming in a zigzag pattern, used especially as decoration on clothes

off the rack in rack1 US English

(Of clothes) ready-made rather than made to order

rack one's brains in rack1 US English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

go to rack and ruin in rack1 US English

Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect: fall into disrepair

on the rack in rack US Thesaurus

these latest allegations are keeping the Church on the rack

rack and ruin in rack New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

noun ‘framework for holding or storing things’ or ‘instrument of torture’ is always rack, not wrack; verb ‘torture by stretching on a rack’ can be rack or wrack, as can phrases rack and ruin, rack one's brains;

rack or wrack one's brains or brain in rack1 US English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

rack one's brains in rack US Thesaurus

I've racked my brain, but I still can't think of his name

rack one's brains in rack New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

noun ‘framework for holding or storing things’ or ‘instrument of torture’ is always rack, not wrack; verb ‘torture by stretching on a rack’ can be rack or wrack, as can phrases rack and ruin, rack one's brains;

go to rack or wrack and ruin in rack1 US English

Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect: fall into disrepair


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