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Dictionary definition for: Rack

1. (n) framework for holding objects

2. (v) go at a rack; "the horses single-footed"

3. (n) rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton

4. (v) stretch to the limits; "rack one''s brains"

5. (v) put on a rack and pinion; "rack a camera"

6. (n) the destruction or collapse of something; "wrack and ruin"

7. (n) an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims

8. (v) obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss" "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"

9. (n) a support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"

10. (v) run before a gale

11. (v) fly in high wind

12. (n) a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately

13. (v) draw off from the lees; "rack wine"

14. (v) torment emotionally or mentally

15. (v) work on a rack; "rack leather"

16. (v) seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block

17. (v) torture on the rack

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