Rag v. t. To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter. [Prov. Eng.]
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. pl. 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. [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.
Rag v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ragged p. pr. & vb. n. Ragging ] To become tattered. [Obs.]
Rag, v. t.
1. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
2. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.
Rag, v. t.
1. Music To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time. [Colloq.]
2. To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some manner considered indecorous. [Colloq. or Slang]
n 1: a small piece of cloth or paper [syn: shred, tag, tag
2: a week at British universities during which side-shows and
processions of floats are organized to raise money for
charities [syn: rag week]
3: music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano) [syn:
4: newspaper with half-size pages [syn: tabloid, sheet]
5: a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
v 1: treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering
teacher" [syn: torment, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate]
2: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor
irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers
me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after
she leaves" [syn: annoy, get to, bother, get at, irritate,
rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
3: play in ragtime; "rag that old tune"
4: harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children
teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my
failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a
jacket and tie" [syn: tease, razz, cod, tantalize,
tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
5: censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child
for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the
Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for
bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke,
trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress
down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out,
remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste,
6: break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore"
[also: ragging, ragged]