Definition for Rack

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.

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