rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915.
a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.
a style of jazz piano music, developed by Scott Joplin around 1900, having a two-four rhythm base and a syncopated melody
also rag-time, “syncopated, jazzy piano music,” 1897, perhaps from rag “dance ball” (1895, American English dialect), or a shortening of ragged, in reference to the syncopated melody. Rag (n.) “ragtime dance tune” is from 1899.
If rag-time was called tempo di raga or rague-temps it might win honor more speedily. … What the derivation of the word is[,] I have not the faintest idea. The negroes call their clog-dancing “ragging” and the dance a “rag.” [Rupert Hughes, Boston “Musical Record,” April 1900]
Conceive the futility of trying to reduce the intangible ragness to a strict system of misbegotten grace notes and untimely rests! In attempting to perfect, and simplify, art is destroying the unhampered spirit in which consists the whole beauty of rag-time music. The very essence of rag-time is that it shall lack all art, depending for the spirit to be infused more upon the performer than upon the composer himself. [“Yale Literary Magazine,” June, 1899]
Her first “rag-time” was “The Bully,” in which she made great sport by bringing a little coloured boy on the stage with her. Miss [May] Irwin says the way to learn to sing “rag-time” is to catch a negro and study him. [Lewis C. Strang, “Famous Actresses of the Day in America,” Boston, 1899]
A style of early jazz music written largely for the piano in the early twentieth century, characterized by jaunty rhythms and a whimsical mood.
Note: Scott Joplin was a famous composer and performer of ragtime.
: a ragtime classic
Ahighly syncopated style of music, esp for the piano, having a heavily accented tempo and a melody consisting of many short rapid notes (1897+)
[rag-top] /ˈrægˌtɒp/ noun, Slang. 1. an automobile having a folding canvas ; convertible. 2. the itself: a ragtop that folds flush with the body. n. “convertible car,” 1954, from rag (n.) + top (n.1). modifier : I sure wouldn’t sleep in that rag-top car noun A convertible car: It’s been a while since the ragtops […]
noun, Slang. 1. the garment, clothing, or fashion industry. noun 1. (informal) the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
friend of God, (Num. 10:29)=Reuel (q.v.), Ex. 2:18, the father-in-law of Moses, and probably identical with Jethro (q.v.).
- Ragu sauce
noun a sauce of ground beef, tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots, white wine, and seasonings, typically served with pasta; also written ragù sauce Examples A ragù is usually made by adding meat to a soffritto (a partially-fried mixture of chopped onions, celery, carrots, seasonings, etc.) and then simmering it for a long time with a bit […]