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rack

1
1. a toothed bar designed to engage a pinion to form a mechanism that will interconvert rotary and rectilinear motions
2. a framework fixed to an aircraft for carrying bombs, rockets, etc.
3. History an instrument of torture that stretched the body of the victim
4. US and Canadian in pool, snooker, etc.
a. the triangular frame used to arrange the balls for the opening shot
b. the balls so grouped

rack

2
a group of broken clouds moving in the wind

Rack

 

(in Russian, dyba), an instrument of torture consisting of two posts rooted in the ground and connected by a third post on which the victim was hoisted [and whipped]. It was used in Europe and Russia from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Torture on the rack was stipulated in the Pskov Judicial Charter.


Rack

 

a single-axle tractor trailer for the mechanized loading, transport, and unloading of stacks of hay and straw with a total weight up to 6 tons, as well as sections of ricks cut by a rick cutter. Racks may also be used to haul other agricultural loads. When the trailer is used to transport stacks, the side panels are folded down, the front panel is removed, and a framework of bars to hold the stacks is mounted in place of the panels. Horizontal extensions are used to increase the load area of the bed. The rear bars of the framework are lowered to the ground for loading and unloading. Stacks are loaded onto the bed and unloaded by means of a loading grid. Prior to being transported, the stacks are bound with rope. Racks are used with tractors in the 3-ton-force class.

rack

[rak]
(aerospace engineering)
A suspension device permanently fixed to an aircraft; it is designed for attaching, arming, and releasing one or more bombs; it may also be utilized to accommodate other items such as mines, rockets, torpedoes, fuel tanks, rescue equipment, sonobuoys, and flares.
(civil engineering)
A fixed screen composed of parallel bars placed in a waterway to catch debris.
(design engineering)
(engineering)
A frame for holding or displaying articles.
(mechanical engineering)
A bar containing teeth on one face for meshing with a gear.
(mining engineering)
An inclined trough or table for washing or separating ore.

rack

A frame or cabinet into which hardware components are mounted. Equipment may be bolted into the rack (see rack mounted), or placed on shelves. Stereo and home theater racks are cabinets with shelves designed to accommodate VCRs, CD, DVD and cassette decks, receivers, amplifiers and set-top boxes, all of which are typically 17" wide. See deck.
References in classic literature ?
In the middle was a large rack, with angles answering to every partition of the manger; so that each horse and mare ate their own hay, and their own mash of oats and milk, with much decency and regularity.
I led her by the rope, tied her to the rack, and scattered some grass for her.
Carefully I picked my way between and over the soldiers until I had gained the rack at the far side of the room.
Close to the entrance where I stood was a rack of straight swords, and as my hand closed upon the hilt of one of them my eyes fell upon the faces of two of the prisoners who worked side by side.
On one side of her lay a quantity of wooden arrows the points of which she dipped into the seething substance, then laying them upon a narrow rack of boughs which stood upon her other side.
He looked as a tortured man might look when his tormentors gave the rack the last turn of possible endurance.
He belonged to that race of martyrs who, indissolubly wedded to their political convictions as their ancestors were to their faith, are able to smile on pain: while being stretched on the rack, he recited with a firm voice, and scanning the lines according to measure, the first strophe of the "Justum ac tenacem" of Horace, and, making no confession, tired not only the strength, but even the fanaticism, of his executioners.
As fast as he finished them, he flung the shirts on a rack between him and Martin, who caught them up and "backed" them.
Finally, he insisted upon having a bowl of rack punch; everybody had rack punch at Vauxhall.
Seeing his hat on the rack, she shuddered with aversion.
An honest confidence in the government under whose protection they had lived for many years, and a well-founded reliance on the good feeling and right thinking of the great mass of the community, with whom, notwithstanding their religious differences, they were every day in habits of confidential, affectionate, and friendly intercourse, reassured them, even under the excesses that had been committed; and convinced them that they who were Protestants in anything but the name, were no more to be considered as abettors of these disgraceful occurrences, than they themselves were chargeable with the uses of the block, the rack, the gibbet, and the stake in cruel Mary's reign.
The miserable body which that frightful swarm of saws, wheels, and racks were about to clasp in their clutches, the being who was about to be manipulated by the harsh hands of executioners and pincers, was that gentle, white, fragile creature, a poor grain of millet which human justice was handing over to the terrible mills of torture to grind.