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RACK, punishments. An engine with which to torture a supposed criminal, in order to extort a confession of his supposed crime, and the names of his supposed accomplices. Unknown in the United States.
     2. This instrument, known by the nickname of the Duke of Exeter's daughter, was in use in England. Barr. on the Stat. 866 12 S. & R. 227.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Gingerly I drew a long-sword from the rack. The scraping of the scabbard against its holder as I withdrew it sounded like the filing of cast iron with a great rasp, and I looked to see the room immediately filled with alarmed and attacking guardsmen.
I was about to leave the rack when my attention was attracted by the revolvers.
"Has not," they would say, "this Cornelius de Witt been locked up and broken by the rack? Shall we not see him pale, streaming with blood, covered with shame?" And was not this a sweet triumph for the burghers of the Hague, whose envy even beat that of the common rabble; a triumph in which every honest citizen and townsman might be expected to share?
In the middle was a large rack, with angles answering to every partition of the manger; so that each horse and mare ate their own hay, and their own mash of oats and milk, with much decency and regularity.
I racked my brain, but could in no way account for an action so contrary to my conception of him.
Barrels and racks in Napa Barrel Care, an aging and bottling solution for virtual and brick-and-mortar wineries, suffered significant damage during the August 2014 earthquake, and prompted Blom to reconsider how he managed the thousands of barrels in his facility.
While the dimensions of the rack components certainly contribute to a rack's capacity rating, many factors can adversely affect its performance and long-term cost.
Because they are often used in high turnover areas and operated in close proximity to forklift traffic, drive-in and drive-thru racks are subject to greater wear and tear than other rack structures.
The word RACK has 8 different listings in Eric Partridge's Origins (1958 Macmillan, 1983 Greenwich House) (EPO) with 6-7 different meanings from 5-6 different origins, converging on the one spelling.
Louis, Mo., Titan Rack produces double-bar two- and four-barrel racks as well as a half rack for two barrels.