from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A racket.


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  • A generation later, Sainte-Beuve praised her as "a great Athenian orator" for freedom, but now emphasized the inward-looking poetic intensity of the Coppet circle, self-entranced by "la raquette magique du discours" (Portraits de Femmes, 1845).

    The Great de Staël

  • And seemingly, having her accolade he waited for no more, but ran to join his fellows, who had collected his raquette and balls as well as their own, and were obviously waiting for him to go to the tennis court.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • It is only taken out of the net with a rake (_raquette_); in summer, numbers are spoiled from being heaped in the boats, and at whatever hour the boats come in the fish go through the whole process of curing, as they will not keep till the next day.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • She saw the dying and exhausted dogs, the frost-rimed, weary men; she heard the quick _crunch, crunch, crunch_ of the snow-shoes hurrying ahead to break the trail; she felt the cruel torture of the _mal de raquette_, the shrivelling bite of the frost, the pain of snow blindness, the hunger that yet could not stomach the frozen fish nor the hairy, black caribou meat.

    The Call of the North

  • Each time he raised his knee a sharp pain stabbed his groin, as though he had hen stuck by a penknife; each time he bent his ankle in the recover the mat de raquette twisted his calves, and stretched his ankle tendons until he felt that his very feet were insecurely attached and would drop off.

    The Silent Places

  • Slowly then he fashioned it, moulding the green wood, steaming it to make it more plastic, until at last the ends lay side by side, and the loop of wood bowed above in the shape of a snow-shoe raquette.

    The Silent Places

  • In a day or two Dick was attacked by the fearful mat de raquette, which tortures into knots the muscles of the leg below the knee; and by cramps that doubled him up in his blankets.

    The Silent Places

  • Be ran his hand over the bulging raquette with the long tail and the slightly up-curved end.

    The Silent Places

  • I packed my own robe on my back, and walked for the king, till the _raquette_ thongs cut my ankles to the bone.

    The Mississippi Bubble

  • Williams was not used to snow-shoes, and they gave him those painful cramps of the legs and ankles called in Canada _mal à la raquette_.

    A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I France and England in North America


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