Racket Rack"et (r[a^]k"[e^]t), n. [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. r[=a]ha the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus.] [Written also {racquet}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood. [Canada] [1913 Webster]

4. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground. [1913 Webster]

{Racket court}, a court for playing the game of rackets. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • racquet — /ˈrækət / (say rakuht) noun 1. a light bat having a network of cord, catgut or nylon, stretched in a more or less elliptical frame, used in tennis, etc. 2. (plural construed as singular) an early form of squash, originally played against one wall …   Australian English dictionary

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