from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A style of jazz characterized by elaborately syncopated rhythm in the melody and a steadily accented accompaniment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
- n. A piece of music in this style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a rhythm with a regular accompaniment in two-four time and a melody characterized by syncopation, first recognized in many negro melodies; also a style of American music in this rhythm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, a rhythm or movement that has many irregular accents and jerky inversions of emphasis, similar to those described under Scotch catch or snap. The term appears to have been first used (as an adjective) of negro melodies of the southern United States, but it has been extended indiscriminately to all sorts of popular songs, often of a vulgar character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)
From rag4.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ragged time according to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Wiktionary)