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1. A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred.
2. tatters Torn and ragged clothing; rags.
tr. & intr.v. tat·tered, tat·ter·ing, tat·ters
To make or become ragged.
[Middle English tater, of Scandinavian origin.]
One that makes tatting, especially as a livelihood.
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to make or become ragged or worn to shreds
1. (plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
2. in tatters
a. torn to pieces; in shreds
b. destroyed or ruined
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic töturr rag, Old English tættec, Old High German zæter rag]
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n., v. -tered, -ter•ing. n.
1. a torn piece hanging loose from the main part, as of a garment or flag.
2. a separate torn piece; shred.
3. tatters, torn or ragged clothing.v.t.
4. to tear or wear to tatters.v.i.
5. to become ragged.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old Norse tǫturr rag, tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, shred]
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tatter- A scrap of cloth, from Old Norse totrar, "rags"; often used as tatters.
See also related terms for scrap.
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Past participle: tattered
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|Noun||1.||tatter - a small piece of cloth or paper |
pine-tar rag - baseball equipment consisting of a rag soaked with pine tar; used on the handle of a baseball bat to give a batter a firm grip
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Torn and ragged clothing.Used in plural:
rag (used in plural).
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