Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flat narrow braid woven in zigzag form, used as a trimming for clothing or curtains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A zigzag trim sewn to clothes for decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of openwork edging made of serpentine braid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of openwork trimming made by hand, with needle and thread, out of a narrow zigzag braid.

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

  • n. a narrow zigzag ribbon used as trimming

Etymologies

Reduplication of rack1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And I remember specifically asking about, "What are the conditions of levees," and hearing at some point early in the afternoon, an initial report that said there may be some overtopping, there may be some loss of the I guess they call it "rickrack" (ph) or something on top of the levees -- but no substantial levee breach.

    CNN Transcript Feb 15, 2006

  • Sweaty, hermetically sealed Caspers would slouch in the school Halloween parade alongside the elaborate angels or gypsies or cowboys with rickrack stitching.

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  • I also glued on rickrack or ribbon, and on others I used stickers.

    Hints From Heloise

  • You're like a bumper sticker, he says, your brain's full of rickrack, like the crap on that fixture over there.

    Sheer

  • Amy: If you come over to take a shower, I will make sure that you get the aqua washcloth with the yellow rickrack around the edges.

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  • I am trimming them with lace or rickrack or just a plain hem.

    Home Living

  • She would have her apron tied around her with the blue rickrack trim and her flowery, button-front dress, her hair in loose curls peppered with grey that hugged her head and that we loved to touch.

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  • It would be easy enough—if Laura had a girl—to remove the fringe from the ruffle and embellish it with another type of rickrack.

    Sea Escape

  • Oh yes, it's all there - right down to the bonus-points-scoring red rickrack up the side of the bride's dress.

    The Spirit Didn't Just Move; It Threw Up

  • The tutorial for sewing with rickrack, however, left me more confused than I was before.

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  • "After morning tea the walking gets very hard indeed. The path up the pass is formed by 11 basic zigzag lines. But some of these have been smashed by avalanches, and replaced by a series of even rougher and steeper paths: not zigzags but rickrack. Zigzag 2, for instance, has been wiped out and reworked into four new rickracks: a, b, c and d."
    - 'Back To The Track' in GW, Amanda Hooton, 23 Feb 2008.

    February 26, 2008