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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun rag has 5 senses

Verb rag has 6 senses


ragv. t. [Cf. Icel. rægja to calumniate, OHG. ruogen to accuse, G. rÜgen to censure, AS. wr, Goth. wr to accuse.].
     To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.  Pegge.  [1913 Webster]
ragn. [OE. ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel. rögg a tuft, shagginess, Sw. ragg rough hair. Cf. Rug, n.].
  •  A piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment.  [1913 Webster]
    "Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers, tossed,
    And fluttered into rags.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Not having otherwise any rag of legality to cover the shame of their cruelty."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress.  [1913 Webster]
    "And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.  [1913 Webster]
    "The other zealous rag is the compositor."  [1913 Webster]
    "Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag and rag."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A ragged edge.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A sail, or any piece of canvas.  [1913 Webster]
    "Our ship was a clipper with every rag set."  [1913 Webster]
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.
ragv. i. 
     To become tattered.  [1913 Webster]
ragv. t. 
  •  To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.  [1913 Webster]
ragv. t. 
  •  To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some manner considered indecorous.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


rag, n.
1 a a torn, frayed, or worn piece of woven material. b one of the irregular scraps to which cloth etc. is reduced by wear and tear.
2 (in pl.) old or worn clothes.
3 (collect.) scraps of cloth used as material for paper, stuffing, etc.
4 derog. a a newspaper. b a flag, handkerchief, curtain, etc.
5 (usu. with neg.) the smallest scrap of cloth etc. (not a rag to cover him).
6 an odd scrap; an irregular piece.
7 a jagged projection, esp. on metal.

in rags
1 much torn.
2 in old torn clothes. rag-and-bone man Brit. an itinerant dealer in old clothes, furniture, etc.
1 a bag in which scraps of fabric etc. are kept for use.
2 a miscellaneous collection.
3 sl. a sloppily-dressed woman. rag bolt a bolt with barbs to keep it tight when it has been driven in. rag book a children's book made of untearable cloth. rag doll a stuffed doll made of cloth. rag paper paper made from rags. rag-picker a collector and seller of rags. rags to riches poverty to affluence. rag trade colloq. the business of designing, making, and selling women's clothes.
rag, n. & v. sl.
--n. Brit.
1 a fund-raising programme of stunts, parades, and entertainment organized by students.
2 colloq. a prank.
3 a a rowdy celebration. b a noisy disorderly scene.
--v. (ragged, ragging)
1 tr. tease; torment; play rough jokes on.
2 tr. scold; reprove severely.
3 intr. Brit. engage in rough play; be noisy and riotous.

rag, n.
1 a large coarse roofing-slate.
2 any of various kinds of hard coarse sedimentary stone that break into thick slabs.

rag, n. Mus. a ragtime composition or tune.

perh. f. RAGGED: see RAGTIME



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