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RAG, n. [Gr. a torn garment; tear; a rupture, a rock, a crag; to tear asunder.]

1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth, torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.

2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Prov. 23.

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

3. A fragment of dress.



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RAG, n. [Gr. a torn garment; tear; a rupture, a rock, a crag; to tear asunder.]

1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth, torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.

2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Prov. 23.

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

3. A fragment of dress.

RAG, n. [Sax. hracod, torn, ragged; racian, to rake; Dan. rager, to rake; ragerie, old clothes; Sw. raka, to shave, ragg, rough hair; Gr. ῥακος, a torn garment, ῥακοω, to tear, ῥαγας, a rupture, a rock, a crag; ῥαγοω, to tear asunder; W. rhwygaw, to rend; Arm. roga, id. The Spanish has the word in the compounds andrajo, a rag, andrajoso, rugged; It. straccio, a rent, a rag; stracciare, to tear; Ar. خَرَقَ charaka or garaka, to tear. Class Rg, No. 34.]

  1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.
  2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress. Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rage. – Prov. xxiii. And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. – Dryden.
  3. A fragment of dress. – Hudibras.

RAG, v.t. [Qu. Sax. wregian, to accuse; or from the root of rage. The sense is to break or burst forth.]

To scold; to rail. [Local.] – Pegge.


Rag
  1. To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.

    [Prov. Eng.] Pegge.
  2. 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.

  3. To become tattered.

    [Obs.]
  4. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
  5. To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.

    [Colloq.]
  6. Hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress.

    And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. Dryden.

  7. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.
  8. To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some manner considered indecorous.

    [Colloq. or Slang]
  9. 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.

  10. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture.
  11. A ragged edge.
  12. A sail, or any piece of canvas.

    [Nautical Slang]

    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.

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Rag

RAG, noun [Gr. a torn garment; tear; a rupture, a rock, a crag; to tear asunder.]

1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth, torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.

2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21.

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

3. A fragment of dress.

RAG. verb transitive

To scold; to rail. [Local.]

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