1a framework, typically with rails, bars, hooks, or pegs, for holding or storing things:a spice rack a letter rack an overhead shelf on a coach, train, or aircraft for stowing luggage. a stack of digital effects units for a guitar or other instrument. a vertically barred frame for holding animal fodder:a hay rack 2a 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.
4a triangular structure for positioning the balls in pool. 5North American informal a woman’s breasts:that chick’s got a nice rack 6North American a set of antlers: moose have the most impressive racks of all the antlered animals
7North American informal a bed.
1 (also wrack) cause extreme pain, anguish, or distress to:he was racked with guilt historical torture (someone) on the rack. 2 [with object and adverbial of place] place in or on a rack:the shoes were racked neatly beneath the dresses 3move by a rack and pinion.
chiefly archaic raise (rent) above a fair or normal amount. See also rack rent.
oppress (a tenant) by exacting excessive rent.