RAN'SACK, verb transitive [Eng. rand, and ran is rapine. The last syllable coincides with the English verb to sack, to pillage.]
1. To plunder; to pillage completely; to strip by plundering; as, to ransack a house or city.
Their vow is made to ransack Troy.
2. To search thoroughly; to enter and search every place or part. It seems often to convey the sense of opening doors and parcels, and turning over things in search; as, to ransack files of papers.
I ransack the several caverns.
3. To violate; to ravish; to deflower; as ransacked chastity. [Not in use.]