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Etymology 1

Middle English

Noun

Singular
rack

Plural
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  1. a series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
  2. a frame on which to hang various items.
  3. a device used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
  4. a pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
  5. a cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs
    I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
  6. (billiards, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) a hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.
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  7. (slang) a woman's breasts.
  8. (rock-climbing, caving) a friction device for abseiling, consisting of 5 or more metal bars on a frame, around which the rope is threaded. Also rappel rack, abseil rack.
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Verb

Infinitive
to rack

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
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to rack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To place in or hang on a rack
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
  3. (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.

Etymology 2

Old English reċċan

Verb

Infinitive
to rack

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to rack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. stretch joints of a person
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Etymology 3

Middle English rakken

Verb

Infinitive
to rack

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
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to rack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs.

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