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Rácket. n.s. [of uncertain derivation; M. Casaubon derives it, after his custom, from ραχία, the dash of fluctuation against the shore.]

  1. An irregular clattering noise.

    That the tennis court keeper knows better than I, it is a low ebb of linen with thee, when thou keepest not racket there. Shakesp. Henry IV. p. ii.

  2. A confused talk, in burlesque language.

    Ambition hath removed her lodging, and lives the next door to faction, where they keep such a racket, that the whole parish is disturbed and every night in an uproar. Swift.

  3. [Raquette, Fr.] The instrument with which players strike the ball. Whence perhaps all the other senses.

    When we have matcht our rackets to these balls,
    We will in France play a set,
    Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.

    The body, into which impression is made, either can yield backward or it cannot: if it can yield backward, then the impression made is a motion; as we see a stroke with a racket upon a ball, makes it fly from it. Digby on the Soul.

    He talks much of the motives to do and forbear, how they determine a reasonable man, as if he were no more than a tennis ball, to be tossed to and fro by the rackets of the second causes. Bramhall against Hobbs.

Sources: Bramhall, John (9) · Casaubon, Meric (1) · Digby, Kenelm (13) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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