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rack1 British & World English

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

rack2 British & World 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 British & World English

A joint of meat, typically lamb, that includes the front ribs

rack4 British & World English

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

rack5 British & World English

variant spelling of wrack.

rack English Thesaurus

turn the cake out on to a wire rack to cool

the rack in rack1 British & World 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 British & World English

Cause extreme pain, anguish, or distress to

wrack British & World English

A mass of high, thick, fast-moving cloud

rack in wrack3 British & World English

A mass of high, thick, fast-moving cloud

pipe rack British & World English

A rack for holding tobacco pipes

rack rate British & World English

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

rack rent British & World English

An extortionate or very high rent

roof rack British & World English

A framework for carrying luggage on the roof of a vehicle

plate rack British & World English

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

toast rack British & World English

A rack for holding slices of toast at table

luggage rack British & World English

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

rack mounting British & World English

The use of standardized racks for supporting electrical or electronic equipment

rack railway British & World English

A railway with a toothed rail between the bearing rails which engages with a cogwheel under the locomotive, for very steep slopes

on the rack British & World English

Suffering intense distress or strain

rack one's brains British & World English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

rack something up British & World English

Accumulate or achieve something, typically a score or amount

rack-and-pinion British & World English

Denoting a mechanism (e.g. for a car steering system) using a fixed cogged or toothed bar or rail engaging with a smaller cog

go to rack and ruin British & World English

Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect; fall into disrepair

hatrack British & World English

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

on the rack in rack1 British & World English

Suffering intense distress or strain

coat stand British & World English

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

rickrack British & World English

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

rack up in rack English Thesaurus

the privately-held chain racks up sales of $3.3 million

off the rack in rack1 British & World English

North American term for off the peg (see peg).

rack or wrack one's brains or brain in rack1 British & World English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

rack one's brains in rack English Thesaurus

she racked her brains, but there was nothing she could tell him

go to rack or wrack and ruin in rack1 British & World English

Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect; fall into disrepair


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