• WordNet 3.6
    • v racket hit (a ball) with a racket
    • v racket make loud and annoying noises
    • v racket celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities "The members of the wedding party made merry all night","Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"
    • n racket an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
    • n racket a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
    • n racket the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience "modern music is just noise to me"
    • n racket a loud and disturbing noise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cat gut, used in tennis rackets and strings for musical instruments does not come from cats, but from sheep.
    • Racket A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
    • Racket A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
    • Racket A scheme, dodge, trick, or the like; something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, or the like; also, such occurrence considered as an ordeal; as, to work a racket; to stand upon the racket .
    • Racket A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
    • Racket A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games. "Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket ."
    • Racket A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural.
    • Racket an organized illegal activity, such as illegal gambling, bootlegging, or extortion.
    • Racket confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.
    • Racket To carouse or engage in dissipation.
    • Racket To engage in noisy sport; to frolic.
    • Racket To make a confused noise or racket.
    • v. t Racket To strike with, or as with, a racket. "Poor man [is racketed from one temptation to another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
    • n racket A disorderly, confusing noise, as of commingled play or strife and loud talk; any prolonged clatter; din; clamor; hurly-burly.
    • n racket A disturbance; a row; also, a noisy gathering; a scene of clamorous or eager merriment.
    • n racket A clamorous outburst, as of indignation or other emotion; a noisy manifestation of feeling: as, to make a racket about a trifle; to raise a racket about one's ears.
    • n racket Something going on, whether noisily and openly or quietly; a special proceeding, scheme, project, or the like: a slang use of very wide application: as, what's the racket? (what is going on?); to go on a racket (to engage in a lark or go on a spree); to be on to a person's racket (to detect his secret aim or purpose); to work the racket (to carry on a particular scheme or undertaking, especially one of a “shady” character); to stand the racket (to take the consequences, or abide the result).
    • n racket A smart stroke; a rap.
    • racket To make a rattling or clattering noise; raise a tumult; move noisily.
    • racket To engage or take part in a racket of any kind; frequent noisy or tumultuous scenes; carry on eager or energetic action of some special kind.
    • racket To be dissipated; indulge to excess in social pleasures.
    • racket To utter noisily or tumultuously; clamor out.
    • n racket The instrument with which players at tennis and like games strike the. ball; a bat consisting usually of a thin strip of wood bent into a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of cord or catgut is stretched, and to which a handle is attached.
    • n racket plural A modern variety of the old game of tennis.
    • n racket A kind of net.
    • n racket A snow-shoe: an Anglicized form of the French raquette.
    • n racket A broad wooden shoe or patten for a horse or other draft-animal, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
    • n racket A bird's tail-feather shaped like a racket; a spatule. The racket may result from a spatulate enlargement of the webs at or near the end of the feather; or from the lack, natural or artificial, of webbing along a part of the feather, beyond which the feather is webbed; or from coiling of the end of the feather. These formations are exhibited in the motmots, in some humming-birds and birds of paradise, and in various others, and are illustrated in the figures under Momotus, Prioniturus, and Cincinnurus. Some feathers springing from the head acquire a similar shape. See cut under Parotia.
    • n racket A musical instrument of the seventeenth century, consisting of a mouthpiece with a double reed, and a wooden tube repeatedly bent upon itself, and pierced with several fingerholes. Its compass was limited, and the tone weak and difficult to produce. Several varieties or sizes were made, as of the bombard, which it resembled, Early in the eighteenth century it was replaced by the modern bassoon.
    • n racket An organ-stop giving tones similar to those of the above instrument.
    • racket To strike with or as if with a racket; toss.
    • n racket Hustle; the quality of ‘getting there.’
    • n racket To stand the strain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Anthiel composed film scores, but earlier in his life he had been an avant garde composer. In 1924 his "Ballet mecanique" was performed at Carnegie Hall. The work was scored for a fire siren, automobile horns, and an airplane propeller. After only a few minutes of this racket, an aging gentleman in the orchestra seats tied his handkerchief to his cane and began waving a white flag.
    • n Racket rak′et a bat for playing tennis: a snow-shoe: an organ-stop: a 17th-cent. musical instrument:
    • v.t Racket to strike, as with a racket
    • n Racket rak′et a clattering noise: hurly-burly
    • v.i Racket to make a clattering noise: to engage in racket of any kind: to be dissipated
    • n Racket noisy talk
    • n Racket rak′et (pl.) a modern variety of the old game of tennis
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  • Al Capone
    Al Capone
    “My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.”
  • Pete Sampras
    Pete Sampras
    “I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. raquette,; cf. Sp. raqueta, It. racchetta, which is perhaps for retichetta, and fr. L. rete, a net (cf. Reticule); or perh. from the Arabic; cf. Ar. rāha, the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rachete (Fr. raquette)—Sp. raqueta—Ar. rāhat, the palm of the hand.


In literature:

Every player should own his racket and become accustomed to it.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Now, I'll tell you what's my racket.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
Hillyard was already dressed for the game, and carried a racket in his hand.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
Perhaps you will come up to my rooms, out of this Mars' racket?
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
If any one had heard the racket in the coal-bin, the cellar would have been full of police by this time.
"Hearts and Masks" by Harold MacGrath
Dey didn't have no racket or nothing like colored folks.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
You make such a racket that you wake me up every day.
"The Tale of Henrietta Hen" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Den when it comes a storm, my Lord, dere such a racket!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
The funny part about it is why I never thought of this racket before.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
Those two racketeers were in so tight they didn't need to care what the Times printed or 'cast about them.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper

In poetry:

Mi 'bacca's all done, soa aw'll creep
Off to bed, just as quiet as a maase
For if Dolly's disturbed ov her sleep,
Ther'n be a fine racket i' th' haase.
"Aw'm Havin' A Smook Bi Misel'," by John Hartley
Mi bacca's all done, soa aw'll creep
Off to bed, just as quite as a maase,
For if Dolly's disturbed ov her sleep,
Ther'll be a fine racket i'th' haase.
"Old Moorcock" by John Hartley
We cleared the 'Eads the fust of October:
It was "All 'ands aft," afore we was sober,
An' "Boys," says 'e, "on board this packet
You'll 'ave to jump or else stand the racket . . . "
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Er "pore dear Par"…I s'pose 'e 'ad 'is day,
An' kissed and smooged an' loved 'er in 'is way.
An' wed an' took 'is chances like a man -
But, Gawd, this splicin' racket ain't all play.
"Mar " by C J Dennis
How'd you know 'twas a Yankee packet?
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
Know'd her by the awful racket --
Blow, my bully boys, blow.
Wey-hey-ho, the cook was jealous, Spiled the soup and bust his bellus --
Blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady
O, the racket and noise, and roar
As they prance like a caravan over the floor,
With never a thought of the head that aches,
And never a heed to the "mercy sakes."
And "Pity, save us," and "Oh! dear, dear,"
Which all but the culprits plainly hear.
"Bedlam Town" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Mixed doubles player brings two-handled racket to US Open.
This photo released by the USTA shows Brian Battistone using a two-handled tennis racket during the US Open National Playoffs held earlier this summer.
Eduardo Arellano-Felix, 55, faces charges of narcotics trafficking and racketeering.
MANKATO (TEC News) – Accused "Family Mob" gang member Richard Gordon was in court Tuesday in Mankato where he's facing drug and racketeering charges.
Michigan attorney general charges ex-president of mortgage documents processor with racketeering.
Parents and coaches should ensure children are protecting their eyes when participating in baseball, basketball, hockey, indoor racket sports and cycling, to name a few.
"The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday, $28.95).
Canadians Make a Racket Over Mysterious 'Windsor Hum '.
Had that happened, she said, it might have shown the pattern of criminal activity jurors needed to convict the fallen media baron of the most serious charge of all – racketeering.
Mexican drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix has pleaded guilty in US federal court in San Diego to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money.
Racketeer Ira Hatch lost his bid to appeal his sentence for lesser time Wednesday, Assistant State Attorney Ryan Butler said.
Racket… as in tennis racket.
Als sick of Ricky racket.
Elbow extension and a sideways motion of the hand from the wrist create significant racket- head speed.
Tennis politics causing quite a racket.

In science:

An example of this is the Racket implementation of Scheme . An example of a web application implemented using Scheme and BPEL can be found in Appendix A.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Specific Scheme language dialects such as PLT Scheme (currently Racket), DrScheme extend the base language with constructs: modules, generative structure definitions, expressive macro system, and class systems.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
OO-based abstractions will be discussed in the context of Racket dialect of Scheme . A class expression in Racket is a first-class value.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Interfaces in Racket are used to be able to check whether an object of a class implements a specific set of methods. To declare a class that implements an interface class* form is used. If a class does not implement the methods declared in the interface it extends, a runtime error will occur during its evaluation.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Examples are provided in Racket implementation of Scheme .
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report