rack vs wrack : Common Errors in English

About rack vs wrack

If you are racked with pain or you feel nerve-racked, you are feeling asif you were being stretched on that Medieval instrument of torture, therack. You rack your brains when you stretch them vigorously to searchout the truth like a torturer. “Wrack” has to do with ruinous accidents,so if the stock market is wracked by rumors of imminent recession, it’swrecked. If things are wrecked, they go to “wrack and ruin.”

rack Meaning(s)

  • (n) framework for holding objects
  • (n) rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
  • (n) the destruction or collapse of something
  • (n) an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  • (n) a support for displaying various articles
  • (n) a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
  • (n) a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
  • (v) go at a rack
  • (v) stretch to the limits
  • (v) put on a rack and pinion
  • (v) obtain by coercion or intimidation
  • (v) run before a gale
  • (v) fly in high wind
  • (v) draw off from the lees
  • (v) torment emotionally or mentally
  • (v) work on a rack
  • (v) seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
  • (v) torture on the rack

wrack Meaning(s)

  • (n) dried seaweed especially that cast ashore
  • (n) the destruction or collapse of something
  • (n) growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp
  • (v) smash or break forcefully

rack in News

  1. Velcro just wants some closure

    Velcro Industries has partnered with lifestyle guru Brit Morin (left) to highlight its hipper side. She shows her fans how to make everything from a spice rack to an iPhone case with the company's fasteners. Alain Zijlstra (right) became CEO of the global operation in October.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN Money

  2. Elite Skekane rack review

    It has an odd name, but the Skekane is a veritable Sherpa for any rider who likes to be well equipped and has no pockets.  The tough aluminium rack is versatile – and configurable in several ways – with room for two bottle cages, a pair of CO 2 cartridges with an inflator, spare tube, levers and a mini pump. You can even hang a seatpack below it too for extra capacity.  The rack, mounting ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: BikeRadar

  3. Closing Print 6.11.2013

    Rack the S&P up...Rack the S&P down.... The BOJ did a number on the S&P today.... After a big sell off and rally, the MrTopStep is pointing heavily to the sell side.... High 1639.00 Low 1621.70 Last 1626.50 ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MrTopStep.com via Yahoo! Finance

wrack in News

  • Fighters in Nigeria attack school, kill 9 pupils

    Suspected Islamic militants have opened fire on students taking exams at a school in the country's troubled northeast, killing at least nine pupils in the latest violence to wrack the volatile region, ...
    on June 19, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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