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  • n. A method of asphalt shingle application, whereby shingle courses are applied vertically, up the roof rather than laterally across and up.
  • n. spun yarn used in racking ropes
  • v. Present participle of rack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Spun yarn used in racking ropes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of torturing on the rack.
  • n. Nautical, a piece of small stuff used to rack a tackle.
  • n. In metallurgical operations, same as ragging, 2.
  • n. In the manège, same as rack.
  • n. In masonry, the act of leaving-unfinished masonry, as prepared to receive future additions, in steps. Compare toothing.
  • n. In mech.: The act of operating or moving a slide-rest, or other feeding device, by a rack-and-pinion motion.
  • n. The act of running the hoisting-crab or trolley of a crane in or out, backward or forward, to place it in proper position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing great physical or mental suffering

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