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Today's word is:
|ˈrakit| (also racquet )
- a type of bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used esp. in tennis, badminton, and squash.
- a snowshoe resembling such a bat.
ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: from French raquette .
1. [ in sing. ] a loud unpleasant noise; a din: the kids were making a racket.
- archaic. The noise and liveliness of fashionable society.
2. informal an illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money: a protection racket.
- A person's line of business or way of life: I'm in the insurance racket.
verb ( rackets, racketing , racketed ) [ no obj. ]
- make a loud unpleasant noise: Trains racketed by.
- (racket around) enjoy oneself socially; go in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: perhaps imitative of clattering.