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rack a mass of vapoury clouds: “the rack stand still,” HAMLET, ii. 2. 478 ; “That . . . The rack dislimns,” ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, iv. 14. 10 ; “With ugly rack on his celestial face,” SONNETS, xxxiii. 6. ( “The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above [which we call the rack],” Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, or A Naturall Historie, [sect ] 115, p. 32, ed. 1758. Rack, as Horne Tooke first observed, is properly—vapour, steam, exhalation [that which is reeked]. See Richardson's Dict. in v.)

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