Definition of Rag

Pronunciation: răg
v. t.1.To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.
n.1.A piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment.
Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers, tossed,
And fluttered into rags.
- Milton.
Not having otherwise any rag of legality to cover the shame of their cruelty.
- Fuller.
2.Hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress.
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
- Dryden.
3.A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
The other zealous rag is the compositor.
- B. Jonson.
Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag and rag.
- Spenser.
4.(Geol.) A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture.
5.(Metal Working) A ragged edge.
6.A sail, or any piece of canvas.
Our ship was a clipper with every rag set.
- Lowell.
Rag bolt
an iron pin with barbs on its shank to retain it in place.
Rag carpet
a carpet of which the weft consists of narrow strips of cloth sewed together, end to end.
Rag dust
fine particles of ground-up rags, used in making papier-maché and wall papers.
Rag wheel
a - A chain wheel; a sprocket wheel
b - A polishing wheel made of disks of cloth clamped together on a mandrel.
Rag wool
wool obtained by tearing woolen rags into fine bits, shoddy.
v. i.1.To become tattered.
[imp. & p. p. Ragged (răgd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ragging (răg"gĭng).]
v. t.1.To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
2.To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.
1.(Music) To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.
2.To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some manner considered indecorous.

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