• (billiards, snooker, pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.

    "See [1]"

  • (climbing, slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc.

    "I used almost a full rack on the second pitch."

  • A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
  • A distaff.
  • A device, incorporating a ratchet, used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
  • A cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs.

    "I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday."

  • (climbing, caving) A friction device for abseiling, consisting of a frame with 5 or more metal bars, around which the rope is threaded. Also rappel rack, abseil rack.
  • (obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
  • (obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction.
  • (nautical) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; called also rack block.
  • A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with a pawl as a ratchet allowing movement in one direction only, used for example in a handbrake or crossbow.
  • A pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
  • Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
  • (slang, vulgar) A woman's breasts.
  • A fast amble.
  • A grate on which bacon is laid.
  • Any of various kinds of frame for holding clothes, bottles, animal fodder, mined ore, shot on a vessel, etc.
  • A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with those of a gearwheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive or be driven by it.
  • A cranequin, a mechanism including a rack, pinion and pawl, providing both mechanical advantage and a ratchet, used to bend and cock a crossbow.


  • To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
  • (of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace.
  • To place in or hang on a rack.
  • (figuratively) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  • To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
  • stretch joints of a person
  • (brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs.
  • To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
  • (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.
  • (nautical) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
  • To torture (someone) on the rack.
  • (billiards, snooker, pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
  • (mining) To wash (metals, ore, etc.) on a rack.

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