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RAN'SACK, v.t. [Eng. rand, and ran is rapine. The last syllable coincides with the English verb to sack, to pillage.]

1. To plunder; to pillage completely; to strip by plundering; as, to ransack a house or city.

Their vow is made to ransack Troy.

2. To search thoroughly; to enter and search every place or part. It seems often to convey the sense of opening doors and parcels, and turning over things in search; as, to ransack files of papers.

I ransack the several caverns.

3. To violate; to ravish; to deflower; as ransacked chastity. [Not in use.]



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RAN'SACK, v.t. [Eng. rand, and ran is rapine. The last syllable coincides with the English verb to sack, to pillage.]

1. To plunder; to pillage completely; to strip by plundering; as, to ransack a house or city.

Their vow is made to ransack Troy.

2. To search thoroughly; to enter and search every place or part. It seems often to convey the sense of opening doors and parcels, and turning over things in search; as, to ransack files of papers.

I ransack the several caverns.

3. To violate; to ravish; to deflower; as ransacked chastity. [Not in use.]

RAN'SACK, v.t. [Dan. randsager; Sw. ransaka; Gaelic, ransuchadh. Rand, in Danish, is edge, margin, Eng. rand, and ran is rapine. The last syllable coincides with the English verb to sack, to pillage, and in Spanish, this verb, which is written saquear, signifies to ransack.]

  1. To plunder; to pillage completely; to strip by plundering; as, to ransack a house or city. – Dryden. Their vow is made to ransack Troy. – Shak.
  2. To search thoroughly; to enter and search every place or part. It seems often to convey the sense of opening doors and parcels, and turning over things in search; as, to ransack files of papers. I ransack the several caverns. – Woodward.
  3. To violate; to radish; to detour; as, ransacked chastity. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

Ran"sack
  1. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house.

    To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts. South.

  2. To make a thorough search.

    To ransack in the tas [heap] of bodies dead. Chaucer.

  3. The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage.

    [R.]

    Even your father's house
    Shall not be free from ransack.
    J. Webster.

  4. To plunder; to pillage completely.

    Their vow is made
    To ransack Troy.
    Shak.

  5. To violate; to ravish; to defiour.

    [Obs.]

    Rich spoil of ransacked chastity. Spenser.

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Ransack

RAN'SACK, verb transitive [Eng. rand, and ran is rapine. The last syllable coincides with the English verb to sack, to pillage.]

1. To plunder; to pillage completely; to strip by plundering; as, to ransack a house or city.

Their vow is made to ransack Troy.

2. To search thoroughly; to enter and search every place or part. It seems often to convey the sense of opening doors and parcels, and turning over things in search; as, to ransack files of papers.

I ransack the several caverns.

3. To violate; to ravish; to deflower; as ransacked chastity. [Not in use.]

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