- 1(often in compounds) a piece of equipment, usually made of metal or wooden bars, that is used for holding things or for hanging things on a vegetable/wine/plate/toast rack I looked through a rack of clothes at the back of the shop. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a wire rack. see also luggage rack, roof rack See related entries: In the store
- 2(also the rack) an instrument of torture, used in the past for punishing and hurting people. Their arms and legs were tied to the wooden frame and then pulled in opposite directions, stretching the body.
- 3rack of lamb/pork a particular piece of meat that includes the front ribs and is cooked in the oven See related entries: Meat
- 4a part of a machine that consists of a bar with parts that a wheel or gear can fit into Word Origin noun senses 1 to 2 and , verb Middle English: from Middle Dutch rec, Middle Low German rek
(of clothes) made to a standard average size and not made especially to fit you See related entries: The fashion world feeling extreme pressure, anxiety or pain