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)
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 of cloth sewed together, end to end. Rag dust, fine particles of ground-up rags, used in making papier-mache and wall papers. Rag wheel. A chain wheel; a sprocket wheel. 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.
Origin: OE. Ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel. Rogg rough hair. Cf. Rug.