from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In organ-building, a wooden shelf placed above the wind-chests, having perforations in which the pipes are held and supported.
  • n. It is also called a rack-board.


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  • The diagrams, the violin-case, and the pipe-rack -- even the Persian slipper which contained the tobacco -- all met my eyes as I glanced round me.

    The Adventure of the Empty House

  • True, there were leather saddleback chairs, a pipe-rack and a regimental photograph, but instead of sporting prints the Colonel had chosen half a dozen Chinese drawings, and the books that lined two of his walls, although they included army lists and military biographies, were for the greater part well-worn copies of Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists and poets with one or two very rare items on angling.

    Scales of Justice

  • Below this were a pipe-rack, an aneroid, and a clock with a hearty tick.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Near the mantel was a pipe-rack filled with fine specimens of briar-wood and meerschaum pipes.

    At the Time Appointed

  • There they are now, hanging over the pipe-rack by the fireplace in my snuggery in dear old England.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • He was lounging upon the sofa in a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly studied, near at hand.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Just below the window and over the desk, was a pipe-rack with pipes to fit every mood and fancy of a lonely man.

    Joyce of the North Woods

  • This was a pipe-rack, though Raymond did not smoke a pipe.


  • Martie conceded a plaster pipe-rack, set with little Indian faces, to Wallace; her own extravagance was a meat-chopper.

    Martie, the Unconquered

  • Putting on a dressing gown, he sat down in his modest chamber, which was furnished chiefly with a pipe-rack, ash trays, and a set of O. Henry, and picked up one of his favourite volumes for a bit of solace.

    The Haunted Bookshop


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