- a framework, typically with rails, bars, hooks, or pegs, for holding or storing things；a stack of digital effects units for a guitar or other instrument.
- cause extreme physical or mental pain to; subject to extreme stress；torture (someone) on the rack.
verb: rack, 3rd person present: racks, gerund or present participle: racking, past tense: racked, past participle: racked
noun: rack, plural noun: racks
- 1. a framework, typically with rails, bars, hooks, or pegs, for holding or storing things a spice rack a magazine rack
- ▪ a stack of digital effects units for a guitar or other instrument.
- ▪ a vertically barred frame or wagon for holding animal fodder a hay rack
- 2. a cogged or toothed bar or rail engaging with a wheel or pinion, or using pegs to adjust the position of something a steering rack
- 3. historical an instrument of torture consisting of a frame on which the victim was stretched by turning rollers to which the wrists and ankles were tied.
- 4. a triangular structure for positioning the balls in pool.
- ▪ a single game of snooker.
- 5. North American vulgar slang a woman's breasts Arnie's woman is kinda bossy, but she's got a nice rack
- 6. North American a set of antlers moose have the most impressive racks of all the antlered animals
- 7. North American informal a bed.
- 1. cause extreme physical or mental pain to; subject to extreme stress he was racked with guilt
- ▪ historical torture (someone) on the rack.
- 2. place in or on a rack the shoes were racked neatly beneath the dresses
- 3. archaic raise (rent) above a fair or normal amount.