- exposition, explanation, observation, account, narrative
- argument, reasoning; reason
- (personified) Reason
From Proto-Germanic *rakō (“rake”), from Proto-Germanic *rak- (“to gather, heap up”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct, make right”). Akin to Old High German rehho (“rake”) (German Rechen (“rake”)), Old Norse reka (“shovel, spade”), Gothic 𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 (rikan, “to collect, heap up”).