from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device consisting of an oval frame with a tight interlaced network of strings and a handle, used to strike a ball or shuttlecock in various games.
- n. A wooden paddle, as one used in table tennis.
- n. A loud distressing noise. See Synonyms at noise.
- n. A dishonest business or practice, especially one that obtains money through fraud or extortion.
- n. An easy, profitable means of livelihood.
- n. Slang A business or occupation.
- intransitive v. To make or move with a loud distressing noise.
- intransitive v. To lead an active social life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A racquet: an implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
- n. A loud noise.
- n. A fraud or swindle; an illegal scheme for profit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural.
- n. A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
- n. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
- transitive v. To strike with, or as with, a racket.
- n. confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.
- n. A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
- n. A scheme, dodge, trick, or the like; something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, or the like; also, such occurrence considered as an ordeal.
- n. an organized illegal activity, such as illegal gambling, bootlegging, or extortion.
- intransitive v. To make a confused noise or racket.
- intransitive v. To engage in noisy sport; to frolic.
- intransitive v. To carouse or engage in dissipation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disorderly, confusing noise, as of commingled play or strife and loud talk; any prolonged clatter; din; clamor; hurly-burly.
- n. A disturbance; a row; also, a noisy gathering; a scene of clamorous or eager merriment.
- n. A clamorous outburst, as of indignation or other emotion; a noisy manifestation of feeling: as, to make a racket about a trifle; to raise a racket about one's ears.
- n. Something going on, whether noisily and openly or quietly; a special proceeding, scheme, project, or the like: a slang use of very wide application: as, what's the racket? (what is going on?); to go on a racket (to engage in a lark or go on a spree); to be on to a person's racket (to detect his secret aim or purpose); to work the racket (to carry on a particular scheme or undertaking, especially one of a “shady” character); to stand the racket (to take the consequences, or abide the result).
- n. A smart stroke; a rap.
- To make a rattling or clattering noise; raise a tumult; move noisily.
- To engage or take part in a racket of any kind; frequent noisy or tumultuous scenes; carry on eager or energetic action of some special kind.
- To be dissipated; indulge to excess in social pleasures.
- To utter noisily or tumultuously; clamor out.
- n. The instrument with which players at tennis and like games strike the. ball; a bat consisting usually of a thin strip of wood bent into a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of cord or catgut is stretched, and to which a handle is attached.
- n. plural A modern variety of the old game of tennis.
- n. A kind of net.
- n. A snow-shoe: an Anglicized form of the French raquette.
- n. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a horse or other draft-animal, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
- n. A bird's tail-feather shaped like a racket; a spatule.
- n. A musical instrument of the seventeenth century, consisting of a mouthpiece with a double reed, and a wooden tube repeatedly bent upon itself, and pierced with several fingerholes.
- n. An organ-stop giving tones similar to those of the above instrument.
- To strike with or as if with a racket; toss.
- n. Hustle; the quality of ‘getting there.’
- n. To stand the strain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make loud and annoying noises
- n. an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
- v. hit (a ball) with a racket
- n. a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
- n. a loud and disturbing noise
- v. celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
- n. the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
Perhaps calling the system a racket is a little disingenuous.
* Tennis racket - These may take up some space but who knows, if you are in a warm place and want to soak in the sun during your workout, a racket is the perfect choice!
Also, another part of their racket is their claim of being “judgment-proof”, Therefore, the victim while sustaining huge legal fees to bring such a countersuit, could never recover monetary damages in such a counter-suit, even if such a favorable ruling was ever made.
A tennis racket is already a perfect controller for an existing game – without it, Wii Tennis wouldn't be "intuitive" at all, Lantz says.
But I put her fan base in the same category as the people who donate to the 700 Club, Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, or any of the long list of high profile conservative hypocrites whose racket is transparent to thinking people.
The whole Valentines racket is arbitrary and false.
The private-but-federally-guaranteed student loan racket is an abomination and replacing it with direct lending should be a no-brainer.
Mr. Yglesias seems to be much more concerned about the jobs of people who work for Sallie Mae and insurance companies then the jobs of, oh, I dunno, sweet potato farmers in the South or auto workers in Michigan.vs. The private-but-federally-guaranteed student loan racket is an abomination and replacing it with direct lending should be a no-brainer.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people.
Occasionally the racket from the back channel could be heard above the tumult.