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RACK'-RENT, n. An annual rent of the full value of the tenement or near it.

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RACK'-RENT, n. An annual rent of the full value of the tenement or near it.


An annual rent of the full value of the tenement or near it. – Blackstone.

  1. A rent of the full annual value of the tenement, or near it; an excessive or unreasonably high rent.

  2. To subject to rack-rent, as a farm or tenant.
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RACK'-RENT, noun An annual rent of the full value of the tenement or near it.

RACK'-RENTED, adjective Subjected to the payment of rack-rent

RACK'-RENTER, noun One that is subjected to pay rack-rent

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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1. The act or practice of directing and governing in a course; as the steerage of a ship.

[In this sense, I believe the word is now little used.]

2. In seamens language, the effort of a helm, or its effect on the ship.

3. In a ship, an apartment forward of the great cabin, from which it is separated by a bulk-head or partition, or an apartment in the fore part of a ship for passengers. In ships of war it serves as a hall or antichamber to the great cabin.

4. The part of a ship where the tiller traverses.

5. Direction; regulation.

He that hath the steerage of my course. [Little used.]

6. Regulation or management.

You raise the honor of the peerage, proud to attend you at the steerage.

7. That by which a course is directed.

Here he hung on high the steerage of his wings---

[Steerage, in the general sense of direction or management, is in popular use, but by no means an elegant word. It is said, a young man when he sets out in life, makes bad steerage; but no good writer would introduce the word into elegant writing.]

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