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English noun: rack

1. rack (artifact) framework for holding objects

Broader (hypernym)framework

Narrower (hyponym)barbecue, barbeque, bicycle rack, carrier, coat rack, coatrack, dish rack, hatrack, hayrack, pipe rack, plate rack, tie rack, toastrack, towel horse, towel rack

2. rack (food) rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton

Broader (hypernym)cut, cut of meat

Narrower (hyponym)crown roast, rack of lamb

3. rack (event) the destruction or collapse of something

SamplesWrack and ruin.


Broader (hypernym)demolition, destruction, wipeout

4. rack (artifact) an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims


Broader (hypernym)instrument of torture

5. rack (artifact) a support for displaying various articles

SamplesThe newspapers were arranged on a rack.


Broader (hypernym)support

Narrower (hyponym)bier, cruet-stand, dress rack, magazine rack, music rack, music stand, spice rack, tripod

Part holonymspit

6. rack (act) a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body

Broader (hypernym)torture, torturing

7. rack (act) a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately


Broader (hypernym)gait

English verb: rack

1. rack (motion) go at a rack

SamplesThe horses single-footed.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)pace

2. rack (emotion) stretch to the limits

SamplesRack one's brains.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strain, stress, try

3. rack (social) put on a rack and pinion

SamplesRack a camera.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)put to work, work

4. rack (possession) obtain by coercion or intimidation

SamplesThey 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.

Synonymsextort, gouge, squeeze, wring

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge

Narrower (hyponym)bleed

5. rack (motion) run before a gale


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)sail

Domain categorynavigation, pilotage, piloting

6. rack (motion) fly in high wind

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)fly, wing

7. rack (motion) draw off from the lees

SamplesRack wine.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, take out

8. rack (emotion) torment emotionally or mentally

Synonymsexcruciate, torment, torture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)anguish, hurt, pain

9. rack (creation) work on a rack

SamplesRack leather.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)process, work, work on


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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

11. rack (body) torture on the rack

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excruciate, torment, torture

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