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RA

RA Ra (r?), n. Defn: A roe; a deer. [Obs.] Chaucer.

RAASH

RAASH Raash (r?sh), n. [Cf. Ar. ra'ash trembling, tremor.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The electric catfish. [Written also raasch.]

RAB

RAB Rab (rab), n. Defn: A rod or stick used by masons in mixing hair with mortar.

RABAT

RABAT Rabat (rabat), n. [See Rabot.] Defn: A polishing material made of potter's clay that has failed in baking.

RABAT

RABAT Ra`bat, n. [F. Cf. Rabato.] (Eccl.) (a) A clerical linen collar. (b) A kind of clerical scarf fitted to a collar; as, a black silk rabat.

RABATE

RABATE Ra*bate (ra*bat), v. t. [F. rabattre to beat down; pref. re- + abattre. See Abate, and cf. Rebate, v.] (Falconry) Defn: To recover to the fist, as a hawk. [Obs.]

RABATINE

RABATINE Raba*tine (raba*tin), n. [See Rabato.] Defn: A collar or cape. [Obs.] Sir W. Scott.

RABATO

RABATO Ra*bato (ra*bato), n. [F. rabat, fr. rabattre. See Rabate.] Defn: A kind of ruff for the neck; a turned-down collar; a rebato. [Obs.] Shak.

RABBATE

RABBATE Rab*bate (rab*bat), v. t. [See Rabate.] Defn: To abate or diminish. [Obs.] --n. Defn: Abatement. [Obs.]

RABBET

RABBET Rabbet (rabbet), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rabbeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rabbeting.] [F. raboter to plane, plane down,rabot a plane; pref. re- re- + OF. abouter, aboter. See Abut, and cf. Rebut.] 1. To cut a rabbet in; to furnish with a rabbet. 2. To unite the edges of, as boards, etc., in a rabbet joint.

RABBET

RABBET Rabbet, n. [See Rabbet, v., and cf. Rebate, n.] 1. (Carp.) A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of any body; especially, one intended to receive another member, so as to break or cover the joint, or more easily to hold the members in place; thus, the groove cut for a panel, for a pane of glass, or for a door, is a rabbet, or rebate. 2. Same as Rabbet joint, below. Rabbet joint (Carp.), a joint formed by fitting together rabbeted boards or timbers; -- called also rabbet. -- Rabbet plane, a joiner's plane for cutting a rabbet. Moxon.

RABBI

RABBI Rabbi (rabbi or -bi; 277), n.; pl. Rabbis (-biz or -biz) or Rabbies. [L., fr. Gr. rabbi`, Heb. rabi my master, from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.] Defn: Master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law. The gravest rabbies. Milton. Be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. Matt. xxiii. 8.

RABBIN

RABBIN Rabbin (rabbin), n. [F.] Defn: Same as Rabbi.

RABBINIC

RABBINIC Rab*binic (rab*binik), n. Defn: The language or dialect of the rabbins; the later Hebrew.

RABBINIC; RABBINICAL

RABBINIC; RABBINICAL Rab*binic (rab*binik), Rab*binic*al (-i*kal), a. [Cf. F. rabbinique.] Defn: Of or pertaining to the rabbins or rabbis, or pertaining to the opinions, learning, or language of the rabbins. Comments staler than rabbinic. Lowell. We will not buy your rabbinical fumes. Milton.

RABBINICALLY

RABBINICALLY Rab*binic*al*ly, adv. Defn: In a rabbinical manner; after the manner of the rabbins.

RABBINISM

RABBINISM Rabbin*ism (rabbin*iz'm), n. [Cf. F. rabbinisme.] 1. A rabbinic expression or phraseology; a peculiarity of the language of the rabbins. 2. The teachings and traditions of the rabbins.

RABBINIST

RABBINIST Rabbin*ist, n. [Cf. F. rabbiniste.] Defn: One among the Jews who adhered to the Talmud and the traditions of the rabbins, in opposition to the Karaites, who rejected the traditions.

RABBINITE

RABBINITE Rabbin*ite (-it), n. Defn: Same as Rabbinist.

RABBITING

RABBITING Rabbit*ing, n. Defn: The hunting of rabbits. T. Hughes.

RABBITRY

RABBITRY Rabbit*ry (-ry), n. Defn: A place where rabbits are kept; especially, a collection of hutches for tame rabbits.

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble (rabb'l), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron Manuf.) Defn: An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar. [R.] Dryden.

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it (see Rabble, v. i.); cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F. rapaille.] 1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng. I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons. Ascham. Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities. Bp. Warburton. 2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter. The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. The rabble call him lord.' Shak.

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble, v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln, to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. Rage.] Defn: To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble, v. t. Defn: To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.

RABBLE

RABBLE Rabble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rabbled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rabbling (-bling).] 1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate. Macaulay. The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates themselves rabbled on their way to the house. J. R. Green. 2. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence. [Obs. or Scot.] Foxe. 3. To rumple; to crumple. [Scot.]

RABBLE-ROUT

RABBLE-ROUT Rabble-rout` (-b'l-rout`), n. Defn: A tumultuous crowd; a rabble; a noisy throng.

RABBLEMENT

RABBLEMENT Rabble*ment (rabb'l*ment), n. Defn: A tumultuous crowd of low people; a rabble. Rude rablement. Spenser. And still, as he refused it, the rabblement hooted. Shak.

RABBLER

RABBLER Rabbler (-bler), n. [See 2d Rabble.] (Mech.) Defn: A scraping tool for smoothing metal.

RABDOIDAL

RABDOIDAL Rab*doidal (rab*doidal), a. [Gr. ra`bdos a rod + -oid + -al.] (Anat.) Defn: See Sagittal. [Written also rhabdoidal.]

RABDOLOGY

RABDOLOGY Rab*dolo*gy (-dolo*jy), n. [Gr. ra`bdos rod, stick + -logy: cf. F. rabdologie.] Defn: The method or art of performing arithmetical operations by means of Napier's bones. See Napier's bones. [Written also rhabdology.]

RABDOMANCY

RABDOMANCY Rabdo*man`cy (rabdo*man`sy), n. [Gr. ra`bdos rod + -mancy.] Defn: Divination by means of rods or wands. [Written also rhabdomancy.] Sir T. Browne.

RABID

RABID Rabid (rabid), a. [L. rabidus, from rabere to rave. See Rage, n.] 1. Furious; raging; extremely violent. The rabid flight Of winds that ruin ships. Chapman. 2. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist. 3. Affected with the distemper called rabies; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox. 4. (Med.) Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus.

RABIDITY

RABIDITY Ra*bidi*ty (ra*bidi*ty), n. Defn: Rabidness; furiousness.

RABIDLY

RABIDLY Rabid*ly (rabid*ly), adv. Defn: In a rabid manner; with extreme violence.

RABIDNESS

RABIDNESS Rabid*ness, n. Defn: The quality or state of being rabid.

RABIES

RABIES Rabi*es (rabi*ez), n. [L. See Rage, n.] Defn: Same as Hydrophobia (b); canine madness.

RABINET

RABINET Rabi*net (rabi*net), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Mil.) Defn: A kind of small ordnance formerly in use. [Written also rabanet.] Ainsworth.

RABIOUS

RABIOUS Rabi*ous (rabi*us), a. Defn: Fierce. [Obs.] Daniel.

RABOT

RABOT Rabot (rabot), n. [F.] Defn: A rubber of hard wood used in smoothing marble to be polished. Knight.

RACA

RACA Raca (raka), a. [Gr. raka`, from Chaldee reka.] Defn: A term of reproach used by the Jews of our Savior's time, meaning worthless. Whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. Matt. v. 22.

RACAHOUT

RACAHOUT Ra`ca`hout (ra`ka`oo), n. [F. racahout, probably fr. Ar. raqaut.] Defn: A preparation from acorns used by the Arabs as a substitute for chocolate, and also as a beverage for invalids.

RACCOON

RACCOON Rac*coon (rak*koon), n. [F. raton, prop., a little rat, fr. rat rat, perhaps of German origin. See Rat.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A North American nocturnal carnivore (Procyon lotor) allied to the bears, but much smaller, and having a long, full tail, banded with black and gray. Its body is gray, varied with black and white. Called also coon, and mapach. Raccoon dog (Zo?l.), the tanate. -- Raccoon fox (Zo?l.), the cacomixle.

RACE

RACE Con`so*lation game, match, pot, race, etc. Defn: A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests.

RACE

RACE Race, n. Etym: [OF. ra?z, L. radix, -icis. See Radix.] Defn: A root. A race or two of ginger. Shak. Race ginger, ginger in the root, or not pulverized.

RACE

RACE Race, n. Etym: [F. race; cf. Pr. & Sp. raza, It. razza; all from OHG. reiza line, akin to E. write. See Write.] 1. The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed. The whole race of mankind. Shak. Whence the long race of Alban fathers come. Dryden. Note: Naturalists and ehnographers divide mankind into several distinct varieties, or races. Cuvier refers them all to three, Pritchard enumerates seven, Agassiz eight, Pickering describes eleven. One of the common classifications is that of Blumenbach, who makes five races: the Caucasian, or white race, to which belong the greater part of the European nations and those of Western Asia; the Mongolian, or yellow race, occupying Tartary, China, Japan, etc.; the Ethiopian, or negro race, occupying most of Africa (except the north), Australia, Papua, and other Pacific Islands; the American, or red race, comprising the Indians of North and South America; and the Malayan, or brown race, which occupies the islands of the Indian Archipelago, etc. Many recent writers classify the Malay and American races as branches of the Mongolian. See Illustration in Appendix. 2. Company; herd; breed. For do but note a wild and wanton herd, Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, Fetching mad bounds. Shak . 3. (Bot.) Defn: A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed. 4. Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack. A race of heaven. Shak. Is it [the wine] of the right race Massinqer. 5. Hence, characteristic quality or disposition. [Obs.] And now I give my sensual race the rein. Shak. Some . . . great race of fancy or judgment. Sir W. Temple. Syn. -- Lineage; line; family; house; breed; offspring; progeny; issue.

RACE

RACE Race, n. Etym: [OE. ras, res, rees, AS. r?s a rush, running; akin to Icel. ras course, race. sq. root118.] 1. A progress; a course; a movement or progression. 2. Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running. The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts. Bacon. 3. Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races. The race is not to the swift. Eccl. ix. 11. I wield the gauntlet, and I run the race. Pope. 4. Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life. My race of glory run, and race of shame. Milton. 5. A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney. 6. The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race. Note: The part of the channel above the wheel is sometimes called the headrace, the part below, the tailrace. 7. (Mach.) Defn: A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc. Race cloth, a cloth worn by horses in racing, having pockets to hold the weights prescribed. -- Race course. (a) The path, generally circular or elliptical, over which a race is run. (b) Same as Race way, below. -- Race cup, a cup given as a prize to the victor in a race. -- Race glass, a kind of field glass. -- Race horse. (a) A horse that runs in competition; specifically, a horse bred or kept for running races. (b) A breed of horses remarkable for swiftness in running. (c) (Zo?l.) The steamer duck. (d) (Zo?l.) A mantis. -- Race knife, a cutting tool with a blade that is hooked at the point, for marking outlines, on boards or metals, as by a pattern, -- used in shipbuilding. -- Race saddle, a light saddle used in racing. -- Race track. Same as Race course (a), above. -- Race way, the canal for the current that drives a water wheel.

RACE

RACE Race, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Raced; p. pr. & vb. n. Racing.] 1. To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port. 2. (Steam Mach.) Defn: To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.

RACE

RACE Race, v. t. 1. To cause to contend in race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses. 2. To run a race with.

RACE SUICIDE

RACE SUICIDE Race suicide. Defn: The voluntary failure of the members of a race or people to have a number of children sufficient to keep the birth rate equal to the death rate.

RACEABOUT

RACEABOUT Racea*bout`, n. (Naut.) Defn: A small sloop-rigged racing yacht carrying about six hundred square feet of sail, distinguished from a knockabout by having a short bowsprit.

RACEMATE

RACEMATE Ra*cemate, n. (Chem.) Defn: A salt of racemic acid.

RACEMATION

RACEMATION Rac`e*mation, n. Etym: [L. racematio a gleaning, fr. racemari to glean, racemus a cluster of grapes. See Raceme.] 1. A cluster or bunch, as of grapes. Sir T. Browne. 2. Cultivation or gathering of clusters of grapes. [R.]

RACEME

RACEME Ra*ceme, n. Etym: [L. racemus a bunch of berries, a cluster of grapes. See Raisin.] (Bot.) Defn: A flower cluster with an elongated axis and many one-flowered lateral pedicels, as in the currant and chokecherry. Compound raceme, one having the lower pedicels developed into secondary racemes.

RACEMED

RACEMED Ra*cemed, a. (Bot.) Defn: Arranged in a raceme, or in racemes.

RACEMIC

RACEMIC Ra*cemic, a. Etym: [Cf. F. rac?mique. See Raceme.] (Chem.) Defn: Pertaining to, or designating, an acid found in many kinds of grapes. It is also obtained from tartaric acid, with which it is isomeric, and from sugar, gum, etc., by oxidation. It is a sour white crystalline substance, consisting of a combination of dextrorotatory and levorotatory tartaric acids. Gregory.

RACEMIFEROUS

RACEMIFEROUS Rac`e*mifer*ous, a. Etym: [L. racemifer bearing clusters; racemus cluster + ferre to bear: cf. F. rac?mif?re.] (Bot.) Defn: Bearing racemes, as the currant.

RACEMIFORM

RACEMIFORM Ra*cemi*form, a. Defn: Having the form of a raceme. Gray.

RACEMOSE

RACEMOSE Race*mose`, a. Etym: [L. racemosus full of clusters.] Defn: Resembling a raceme; growing in the form of a raceme; as, (Bot.) racemose berries or flowers; (Anat.) the racemose glands, in which the ducts are branched and clustered like a raceme. Gray.

RACEMOUS

RACEMOUS Race*mous, a. Etym: [Cf. F. rac?meux.] Defn: See Racemose.

RACEMULE

RACEMULE Race*mule, n. (Bot.) Defn: A little raceme.

RACEMULOSE

RACEMULOSE Ra*cemu*lose`, a. (Bot.) Defn: Growing in very small racemes.

RACER

RACER Racer, n. 1. One who, or that which, races, or contends in a race; esp., a race horse. And bade the nimblest racer seize the prize. Pope. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: The common American black snake. 3. (Mil.) Defn: One of the circular iron or steel rails on which the chassis of a heavy gun is turned.

RACH; RACHE

RACH; RACHE Rach, Rache, n. Etym: [AS.r?cc; akin to Icel. rakki.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A dog that pursued his prey by scent, as distinguished from the greyhound.[Obs.]

RACHIALGIA

RACHIALGIA Rachi*algi*a, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Med.) Defn: A painful affection of the spine; especially, Pott's disease; also, formerly, lead colic.

RACHIDIAN

RACHIDIAN Ra*chidi*an, a. Etym: [See Rachis.] (Anat. & Zo?l.) Defn: Of or pertaining to the rachis; spinal; vertebral. Same as Rhachidian.

RACHILLA

RACHILLA Ra*chilla, n. Etym: [NL.] Defn: Same as Rhachilla.

RACHIODONT

RACHIODONT Rachi*o*dont, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Rhachiodont.

RACHIS

RACHIS Rachis, n.; pl. E. Rachises, L. Rachides. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. [Written also rhachis.] 1. (Anat.) Defn: The spine; the vertebral column. 2. (Bot. & Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Rhachis.

RACHITIC

RACHITIC Ra*chitic, a. Etym: [Cf. F. rachitique. See Rachitis.] (Med.) Defn: Of or pertaining to rachitis; affected by rachitis; rickety.

RACHITIS

RACHITIS Ra*chitis, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. [Written also rhachitis.] 1. (Med.) Defn: Literally, inflammation of the spine, but commonly applied to the rickets. See Rickets. 2. (Bot.) Defn: A disease which produces abortion in the fruit or seeds. Henslow.

RACHITOME

RACHITOME Rachi*tome, n. Etym: [F., fr. Gr. Defn: A dissecting instrument for opening the spinal canal. [Written also rachiotome.]

RACIAL

RACIAL Racial, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to a race or family of men; as, the racial complexion.

RACILY

RACILY Raci*ly, adv. Defn: In a racy manner.

RACINESS

RACINESS Raci*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being racy; peculiar and piquant flavor. The general characteristics of his [Cobbett's] style were perspicuity, unequaled and inimitable; . . . a purity always simple, and raciness often elegant. London Times.

RACING

RACING Racing, Defn: a. & n. from Race, v. t. & i. Racing crab (Zo?l.), an ocypodian.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Defn: Same as Arrack.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Etym: [AS. hracca neck, hinder part of the head; cf. AS. hraca throat, G. rachen throat, E. retch.] Defn: The neck and spine of a fore quarter of veal or mutton.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Etym: [See Wreck.] Defn: A wreck; destruction. [Obs., except in a few phrases.] Rack and ruin, destruction; utter ruin. [Colloq.] -- To go to rack, to perish; to be destroyed. [Colloq.] All goes to rack. Pepys.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Etym: [Prob. fr. Icel. rek drift, motion, and akin to reka to drive, and E. wrack, wreck. .] Defn: Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky. Shak. The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack, . . . pass without noise. Bacon. And the night rack came rolling up. C. Kingsley.

RACK

RACK Rack, v. i. Defn: To fly, as vapor or broken clouds.

RACK

RACK Rack, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Racked; p. pr. & vb. n. Racking.] Etym: [See Rack that which stretches, or Rock, v.] Defn: To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace; -- said of a horse. Fuller.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Defn: A fast amble.

RACK

RACK Rack, v. t. Etym: [Cf. OF. vin raqu? squeezed from the dregs of the grapes.] Defn: To draw off from the lees or sediment, as wine. It is in common practice to draw wine or beer from the lees (which we call racking), whereby it will clarify much the sooner. Bacon. Rack vintage, wine cleansed and drawn from the lees. Cowell.

RACK

RACK Rack, n. Etym: [Probably fr. D.rek, rekbank, a rack, rekken to stretch; akin to G. reck, reckbank, a rack, recken to stretch, Dan. r?kke, Sw. r?cka, Icel. rekja to spread out, Goth. refrakjan to stretch out; cf. L. porrigere, Gr. Right, a., Ratch.] 1. An instrument or frame used for stretching, extending, retaining, or displaying, something. Specifically: (a) An engine of torture, consisting of a large frame, upon which the body was gradually stretched until, sometimes, the joints were dislocated; -- formerly used judicially for extorting confessions from criminals or suspected persons. During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity. Macaulay. (b) An instrument for bending a bow. (c) A grate on which bacon is laid. (d) A frame or device of various construction for holding, and preventing the waste of, hay, grain, etc., supplied to beasts. (e) A frame on which articles are deposited for keeping or arranged for display; as, a clothes rack; a bottle rack, etc. (f) (Naut.) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; -- called also rack block. Also, a frame to hold shot. (g) (Mining) A frame or table on which ores are separated or washed. (h) A frame fitted to a wagon for carrying hay, straw, or grain on the stalk, or other bulky loads. (i) A distaff. 2. (Mech.) Defn: A bar with teeth on its face, or edge, to work with those of a wheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive it or be driven by it. 3. That which is extorted; exaction. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys. Mangle rack. (Mach.) See under Mangle. n. -- Rack block. (Naut.) See def. 1 (f), above. -- Rack lashing, a lashing or binding where the rope is tightened, and held tight by the use of a small stick of wood twisted around. -- Rack rail (Railroads), a toothed rack, laid as a rail, to afford a hold for teeth on the driving wheel of locomotive for climbing steep gradients, as in ascending a mountain. -- Rack saw, a saw having wide teeth. -- Rack stick, the stick used in a rack lashing. -- To be on the rack, to suffer torture, physical or mental. -- To live at rack and manger, to live on the best at another's expense. [Colloq.] -- To put to the rack, to subject to torture; to torment. A fit of the stone puts a kingto the rack, and makes him as miserable as it does the meanest subject. Sir W. Temple.

RACK

RACK Rack, v. t. 1. To extend by the application of force; to stretch or strain; specifically, to stretch on the rack or wheel; to torture by an engine which strains the limbs and pulls the joints. He was racked and miserably tormented. Pope. 2. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish. Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair. Milton. 3. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion. The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants. Spenser. They [landlords] rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof. Fuller. Try what my credit can in Venice do; That shall be racked even to the uttermost. Shak. 4. (Mining) Defn: To wash on a rack, as metals or ore. 5. (Naut.) Defn: To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc. To rack one's brains or wits, to exert them to the utmost for the purpose of accomplishing something. Syn. -- To torture; torment; rend; tear.

RACK-RENT

RACK-RENT Rack-rent`, n. Defn: A rent of the full annual value of the tenement, or near it; an excessive or unreasonably high rent. Blackstone.

RACK-RENT

RACK-RENT Rack-rent`, v. t. Defn: To subject to rack-rent, as a farm or tenant.

RACK-RENTER

RACK-RENTER Rack-rent`er, n. 1. One who is subjected to playing rack-rent. 2. One who exacts rack-rent.

RACKABONES

RACKABONES Racka*bones`, n. Defn: A very lean animal, esp. a horse. [Colloq. U. S.]

RACKAROCK

RACKAROCK Racka*rock`, n. [Rack to stretch, strain + a + rock.] Defn: A Sprengel explosive consisting of potassium chlorate and mono- nitrobenzene.

RACKER

RACKER Racker, n. 1. One who racks. 2. A horse that has a racking gait.

RACKET

RACKET Racket, n. Etym: [F. raquette; cf. Sp. raquets, It. racchetta, which is perhaps for retichetta, and fr. L. rete a net (cf. Reticule); or perh. from the Arabic; cf. Ar. raha the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus.] [Written also racquet.] 1. A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games. Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket. Bancroft. 2. A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural. Chaucer. 3. A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood. [Canada] 4. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground. Racket court, a court for playing the game of rackets.

RACKET

RACKET Racket, v. t. Defn: To strike with, or as with, a racket. Poor man [is] racketed from one temptation to another. Hewyt.

RACKET

RACKET Racket, n. Etym: [Gael. racaid a noise, disturbance.] 1. confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport. 2. A carouse; any reckless dissipation. [Slang]

RACKET

RACKET Racket, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Racketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Racketing.] 1. To make a confused noise or racket. 2. To engage in noisy sport; to frolic. Sterne. 3. To carouse or engage in dissipation. [Slang]

RACKET-TAIL

RACKET-TAIL Racket-tail n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of several species of humming birds of the genus Steganura, having two of the tail feathers very long and racket- shaped.

RACKET-TAILED

RACKET-TAILED Racket-tailed`, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Having long and spatulate, or racket-shaped, tail feathers.

RACKETER

RACKETER Racket*er, n. Defn: One who makes, or engages in, a racket.

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