rack Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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racknoun [C]

 us   /ræk/

rack noun [C] (FRAME)

a ​frame, often with ​bars or ​hooks, for ​holding or ​hanging things: a ​bike rack a ​towel rack

rackverb [T]

 us   /ræk/

rack verb [T] (CAUSE PAIN)

to ​cause someone ​greatphysical or ​mentalpain: Even near the end, when ​cancer racked his ​body, he ​remainedhopeful.
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"rack" in British English

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uk   us   /ræk/

rack noun (FRAME)

[C] a frame or ​shelf, often ​formed of ​bars, that is used to ​hold things: a ​vegetable rack a ​plate rack a ​luggage rack [C] US (UK frame) a ​wooden or ​plastictriangle used to ​arrange the ​balls at the ​start of a ​game of ​billiards, pool, snooker, etc.the rack in the past, a ​device to which ​people were ​tied that ​stretchedtheirbodies by ​pullingtheirarms in one ​direction and ​theirlegs in the other ​direction, usually used as a way of ​forcing them to give ​information

rack noun (MEAT)

[C or U] a ​largepiece of ​meatcut from the ​neck of a ​sheep or ​pig: The ​butcherprepared a rack ofpork. We're having rack oflamb for ​dinner.

rack noun (MACHINE)

[C] a ​bar with tooth-like ​parts along one ​edge that ​fits into a pinion (= a ​wheel with tooth-like ​parts)allowingchange between ​circular and straight-line ​movement

rack noun (DECAY)

rack and ruin (US also wrack and ruin) a ​state of ​decay: The ​wholefarm was going to rack and ​ruin.

rackverb [T often passive]

uk   us   /ræk/
to ​causephysical or ​mentalpain, or ​trouble, to someone or something: Even at the end, when ​cancer racked his ​body, he was ​calm and ​cheerful. The ​dog was already racked by/with the ​pains of ​oldage. He was racked by/withdoubts/​guilt.
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(Definition of rack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rack”
in Korean 선반…
in Arabic رَفّ, حامِل…
in Malaysian rak…
in French se creuser la tête…
in Russian полка, вешалка, стойка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 支架, 架子, 擱物架…
in Italian rastrelliera, portabagli…
in Turkish raf…
in Polish półka…
in Spanish estante…
in Vietnamese giá, gác…
in Portuguese suporte, rack…
in Thai ชั้น…
in German sich den Kopf zerbrechen…
in Catalan prestatge reixat, portaequipatge…
in Japanese 棚, ラック, ~掛け…
in Chinese (Simplified) 支架, 架子, 搁物架…
in Indonesian rak…
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