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rack vb.:
1. to stretch or strain beyond the normal extent Ado IV. i. 222 “we rack the value,” LLL. V. ii. 826 “your sins are rack'd” (=extended to their fullest), Mer.V. I. i. 182 “my credit . . . shall be rack'd . . . to the uttermost.”
2. (?) to strain oneself, make exhausting efforts Cor. V. i. 16 (old edd. “wrack'd”).
3. to distort Meas. IV. i. 66 “thousand escapes of wit . . . rack thee in their fancies!.”
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