noundialect British, Scottish
A stretch, an act of stretching; a strain, a wrench.
Late 18th century. From rax.
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.
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.