Main definitions of rax in English

: rax1rax2

rax1

Pronunciation /raks/

noun

dialect British, Scottish
  • A stretch, an act of stretching; a strain, a wrench.

Origin

Late 18th century. From rax.

Main definitions of rax in English

: rax1rax2

rax2

Pronunciation /raks/

verb

Scottish
  • 1(reflexive). To stretch oneself.

  • 2To become longer or broader, especially by being pulled; to stretch, expand.

    In early use in references to death by hanging.

  • 3To extend by pulling; to stretch. "to rax (a person's) crag (also neck)": to hang (a person).

  • 4To extend a hand or arm; to reach out. Also figurative. Frequently with adverbs, as for, over, etc.

  • 5To stretch out, extend (a part of the body); to crane (one's neck), raise (one's head).

  • 6To strain, sprain (a part of the body). Also reflexive and without object with reflexive meaning: to strain or exert oneself.

  • 7To rack (one's brain, etc.).

  • 8In passive: to be racked with pain or a disease.

Origin

Old English (in an earlier sense). Apparently the reflex of a Germanic derivative formation, either from the same Germanic base as rech, or from the same Germanic base as reach.