Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loosely woven fabric with a rough nubby texture.

Etymologies

French, past participle of ratiner, to adorn, from ratine, ratteen; see ratteen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Nabil al-Jurani/Associated Press In Basra, protesters carried a man who collapsed during a rally as demonstrators called for the Basra governor's ouster.

    Iraqis Take to the Streets

  • Nabil al-Jurani/Associated Pres IRAQ WITHDRAWAL: Iraqi security forces showed peace signs as they patrolled Basra, Iraq, Monday.

    Today’s Photos: June 29

  • Nabil al-Jurani/Associated Press At left, an Iraqi soldier gestured in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad.

    In Iraq, Some Celebrate, Others Worry

  • Nabil al-Jurani/Associated Press Many Iraqis are worried about the sudden evacuation of a force seen as a neutral buffer between Shiite and Sunni neighbors, and security forces long thought to have been infiltrated by Shiite militia.

    In Iraq, Some Celebrate, Others Worry

  • Congratulations Jurani on developing a great habit, putting extra income from a raise or a bonus automatically towards your retirement.

    CNN Transcript Jun 13, 2008

  • But we are also here to show we are anti-war and anti-terror,” said Jurani.

    Philippines: "Waging Peace" in Sulu

  • Let's start with this one from Jurani who writes in from Washington, D.C.: "I recently received a paid raise.

    CNN Transcript Jun 13, 2008

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