Rag dust
Rag Rag, n. [OE. ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel. r["o]gg a tuft, shagginess, Sw. ragg rough hair. Cf. {Rug}, n.] 1. 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. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Not having otherwise any rag of legality to cover the shame of their cruelty. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress. [1913 Webster]

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin. [1913 Webster]

The other zealous rag is the compositor. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag and rag. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. (Geol.) A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture. [1913 Webster]

5. (Metal Working) A ragged edge. [1913 Webster]

6. A sail, or any piece of canvas. [Nautical Slang] [1913 Webster]

Our ship was a clipper with every rag set. --Lowell. [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-mach['e] 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Rag — Rag, n. [OE. ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel. r[ o]gg a tuft, shagginess, Sw. ragg rough hair. Cf. {Rug}, n.] 1. A piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment. [1913 Webster] Cowls, hoods, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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