1. A support for displaying various articles; SYN. stand.
2. Framework for holding objects.
3. An instrument of torture that stretches, disjoints or mutilates victims; SYN. wheel.
4. Rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton.
5. A rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately; SYN. single-foot.
ETYM Cf. Old Fren. vin raqué wine squeezed from the dregs of the grapes.
1. To work on a rack, of materials such as leather.
2. To fly in high wind.
3. To seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block.
4. To torture on the rack.
5. To work by a rack and pinion or worm so as to extend or contract.
6. To rack one's brains: to search one's memory.
7. To draw off from the lees, as of wine.