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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ran·sack v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ransacked p. pr. & vb. n. Ransacking.]
 1. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house.
    To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts.   --South.
 2. To plunder; to pillage completely.
 Their vow is made
 To ransack Troy.   --Shak.
 3. To violate; to ravish; to defiour. [Obs.]
    Rich spoil of ransacked chastity.   --Spenser.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 ransacking
      n : a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or
          confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but
          couldn't find his skis" [syn: rummage]