The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rag \Rag\, n. [OE. ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel.
r["o]gg a tuft, shagginess, Sw. ragg rough hair. Cf. Rug,
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,
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.
3. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
The other zealous rag is the compositor. --B.
Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag
and rag. --Spenser.
4. (Geol.) A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in
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
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.
(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