from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) Spun yarn used in racking ropes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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  • adjective causing great physical or mental suffering


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