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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rack \Rack\ (r[a^]k), v. t. 1. To extend by the application of force; to stretch or strain; specifically, to stretch on the rack or wheel; to torture by an engine which strains the limbs and pulls the joints. [1913 Webster] He was racked and miserably tormented. --Foxe. [1913 Webster] 2. To torment; to torture; to affect with extreme pain or anguish. [1913 Webster] Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To stretch or strain, in a figurative sense; hence, to harass, or oppress by extortion. [1913 Webster] The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] They [landlords] rack their rents an ace too high. --Gascoigne. [1913 Webster] Grant that I may never rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] Try what my credit can in Venice do; That shall be racked even to the uttermost. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mining) To wash on a rack, as metals or ore. [1913 Webster] 5. (Naut.) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc. [1913 Webster] To rack one's brains or To rack one's brains out or To rack one's wits, to exert one's thinking processes to the utmost for the purpose of accomplishing something; as, I racked my brains out trying to find a way to solve the problem. [1913 Webster +PJC] Syn: To torture; torment; rend; tear. [1913 Webster]