rack


rack
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. strain, exert; torture, distress, torment, agonize. See thought, pain. — n. single-foot, pace; frame[work]; wheel, iron maiden; scud, broken clouds. See motion, cloudiness, support.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A frame]
Syn. holder, receptacle, framework, stand, shelf, ledge, perch, bracket, whatnot, arbor, trivet, box, counter, trestle, scaffold, stretcher, hatrack, clothes rack, hat tree, clothes tree, cake rack, bottle rack, wine rack, baker's rack, pen rack, gun rack, tie rack, towel rack; see also frame 1 .
2. [An engine of torture]
Syn. instrument of torture, wheel, iron heel, wooden horse, thumbscrew, iron maiden, boot, water rack, bed of Procrustes, peine forte et dure (French), Oregon boot*; see also torture .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
frame, framework, stand, holder, scaffolding, grating, hack, flake.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To bring great harm or suffering to: afflict, agonize, anguish, curse, excruciate, plague, scourge, smite, strike, torment, torture. See ATTACK, HELP. 2. To subject (another) to extreme physical cruelty, as in punishing: crucify, torment, torture. Idiom: put on the rack (or wheel). See PAIN, REWARD.

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