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Definition 1: a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) a horse's manner of moving

Definition 2: a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body - [noun denoting act]

(rack is a kind of ...) the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason

"it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"

Definition 3: a support for displaying various articles - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the newspapers were arranged on a rack

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of rack ) a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial

(... is a kind of rack ) a stand for cruets containing various condiments

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for displaying magazines

(... is a kind of rack ) a light stand for holding sheets of printed music

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for displaying containers filled with spices

(... is a kind of rack ) a three-legged rack used for support

(rack is a part of ...) a skewer for holding meat over a fire

Definition 4: framework for holding objects - [noun denoting artifact]

(rack is a kind of ...) a structure supporting or containing something

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for holding slices of toast

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for storing ties

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for holding plates to dry after they have been washed

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for holding a smoker's pipes

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack that holds hay for feeding livestock

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for holding dishes as dishwater drains off of them

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack with hooks for temporarily holding coats and hats

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack for parking bicycles

(... is a kind of rack ) a rack consisting of one or more bars on which towels can be hung

Definition 5: an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person

Definition 6: the destruction or collapse of something - [noun denoting event]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wrack and ruin

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

Definition 7: rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton - [noun denoting food]

(rack is a kind of ...) a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

(... is a kind of rack ) a roast of the rib section of lamb

Definition 8: torture on the rack - [verb of body]

(rack is a kind of ...) subject to torture

"The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"

Definition 9: seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block - [verb of contact]

(rack is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Definition 10: work on a rack - [verb of creation]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rack leather

(rack is a kind of ...) shape, form, or improve a material

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

(rack implies ...) pull in opposite directions

"During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

Definition 11: stretch to the limits - [verb of emotion]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rack one's brains

(rack is a kind of ...) test the limits of

"You are trying my patience!"

Definition 12: torment emotionally or mentally - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) cause emotional anguish or make miserable

"It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"

Definition 13: go at a rack - [verb of motion]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the horses single-footed

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) go at a pace

"The horse paced"

Definition 14: draw off from the lees - [verb of motion]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rack wine

(rack is a kind of ...) take liquid out of a container or well

"She drew water from the barrel"

Definition 15: run before a gale - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) travel on water propelled by wind

"I love sailing, especially on the open sea" "the ship sails on"

(rack belongs to category ...) the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

Definition 16: fly in high wind - [verb of motion]

(rack is a kind of ...) travel through the air; be airborne

"Man cannot fly"

Definition 17: obtain by coercion or intimidation - [verb of possession]

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for rack in the sense of this definition

(rack is a kind of ...) rip off; ask an unreasonable price

(... is a kind of rack ) get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone

"They bled me dry--I have nothing left!"

Samples where rack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rack a camera

(rack is a kind of ...) cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

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