Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: rabbi – rag
rabbi, n. [L. < Heb. rabbī, my master.]
Teacher; mentor; learned man; spiritual guide; Jewish term for a teacher who gives religious instruction to disciples; [fig.] Lord; Master; Jesus Christ (see John 1:49).
race, n1. [Fr. < It. razza.] (webplay: glory, run).
Species; breed; stock; family; lineage; group of similar beings.
race (-s), n2. [ON rás, running, race, rush of water.] (webplay: come, family, feet, go, horses, rapid, ride, run, wine).
- Pursuit; chase; swift movement; act of rushing; running contest; competition of speed; fast forward motion.
- Course; journey; progression; steady movement toward a goal; [fig.] life; continued course of existence after death.
rack, n. [OE reccan; related to Ger. rackbank, rack for drawing wire, stretching leather, or inflicting torture.] (webplay: bones, fly, mind, sky, torture).
Instrument of torture; medieval stretching machine used for punishment; [fig.] extreme pain; physical agony; bodily torment; suffering of the flesh; [metaphor] trial; difficulty; adversity; affliction.
rack (-ed), v. [see rack, n.] (webplay: anguish, strain).
Torture; torment; stretch; strain; pull to the limits of capacity.
racket, n. [Probably onomatopoetic.]
Noise; blare; clamor; disagreeably loud sound.
raffle, v. [Fr. rafler, sweep away.] (webplay: hazards).
Bet; gamble; wager; place high stakes; cast dice in attempt to win a prize; engage in a game of chance.
raft, n. [ON rapt-r, rafter.] (webplay: away).
Pontoon; floating transport; lightweight craft; [fig.] current; puff; gust; breeze.
rafter (-s), n. [OE ræfter; see raft; NW says rafter, cover.] (webplay: building, roof).
- Beam; girder; joist; supporting timber on the underside of a roof.
- Support; [fig.] foundation; basis; tangible evidence; logical confirmation; reasonable grounds for belief.
- Inner lid; coffin lining.
rag (-s), n. [ME ragge < ON rogg, tuft or strip of fur; NW says Saxon hracod, torn or old clothes.]
Worn clothing; threadbare garment; tattered appearance; shabby apparel of the poor; [fig] cloud; sunset color.