- The definition of a rack is something used to display or hold things.
An example of a rack is a hall tree to hang hats and jackets.
Scarves and hats on a rack.
rack definition by Webster's New World
- a framework, grating, case, stand, etc. for holding or displaying various things: clothes rack, dish rack, pipe rack, bomb rack
- a triangular form for arranging billiard balls at the beginning of a game of pool
- the billiard balls as set up before the break
- a lift used for automotive vehicles
- a frame for holding cases of type
- a toothed bar into which a pinion, worm gear, etc. meshes for receiving or transmitting motion, as in automotive steering systems
- a pair of antlers
- an instrument of torture having a frame on which the victim's body is bound and stretched until the limbs are pulled out of place
- any great mental or physical torment, or its cause
- a wrenching or upheaval, as by a storm
Origin: Middle English racke ; from Low German rack ; from Indo-European an unverified form rek-, to project, bar from source rock
- to arrange in or on a rack
- to torture on a rack
- to trouble, torment, or afflict: a body racked with pain
- to oppress by unfair demands, esp. by exacting exorbitant rents
- to raise (rents) to an exorbitant degree
Origin: prob. < MDu recken
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin: variant, variety of wrack
Origin: Middle English rac, probably ; from Scandinavian as in Old Norse reka, to drive, Norwegian Swedish dialect, dialectal rak, a wreck: for Indo-European base see wreak
Origin: Late Middle English rakken ; from ProvenÃ§al arracar ; from raca, husks and stems of grapes, thick dregs
- the neck or forepart of the spine, especially of mutton or pork
- the rib section of lamb, usually including eight or nine pairs of ribs, used for a roast or for rib chopsin full rack of lamb
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps rack
rack definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A framework or stand in or on which to hold, hang, or display various articles: a trophy rack; a rack for baseball bats in the dugout; a drying rack for laundry.b. Games A triangular frame for arranging billiard or pool balls at the start of a game.c. A receptacle for livestock feed.d. A frame for holding bombs in an aircraft.
- Slang A bunk; a bed.
- A toothed bar that meshes with a gearwheel, pinion, or other toothed machine part.
- a. A state of intense anguish.b. A cause of intense anguish.
- An instrument of torture on which the victim's body was stretched.
- A pair of antlers.
- To place (billiard balls, for example) in a rack.
- To cause great physical or mental suffering to: Pain racked his entire body. See Synonyms at afflict.
- To torture by means of the rack.
Origin: Middle English rakke, probably from Middle Dutch rec, framework; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- rackˈer noun
Origin: Origin unknown.
Origin: Middle English rak, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish rak, wreckage.
noun & v.
transitive verb racked, rack·ing, racks
Origin: Middle English rakken, from Old Provençal arracar, from raca, stems and husks of grapes.
- a. A wholesale rib cut of lamb or veal between the shoulder and the loin.b. A retail rib cut of lamb or veal, prepared for roasting or for rib chops.
- The neck and upper spine of mutton, pork, or veal.
Origin: Probably from rack1.
rack - Computer Definition
A frame or cabinet into which hardware components are mounted. Equipment may be bolted into the rack (see rack mounted), or placed on shelves. Stereo and home theater racks are cabinets with shelves designed to accommodate VCRs, CD, DVD and cassette decks, receivers, amplifiers and set-top boxes, all of which are typically 17" wide. See deck.
rack - Phrases/Idioms
off the rack
on the rack
rack one's brains
- to gain, score, or achieve to rack up a victory
- to be the victor over or beat decisively
- to knock down, as with a punch
- to injure, wreck, or destroy, as in an accident racked up the car
on the rack