I ran into this poetic expression when my literature teacher quoted Walt Whitman,

I depart as air—I shake my white locks at the runaway sun;

I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

According to Dictionary.com, 'jag' has the meaning of 'a load, as of hay or wood'. So here 'lacy jags' means 'wood with laces'? I'm confused.

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    Dictionary.com offers other definitions of 'jag' than the one you've quoted. Are all of the definitions given there inappropriate or unworkable? Why? – JEL Aug 14 '17 at 9:36
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    Among others, please look right through thefreedictionary.com/jags – Robbie Goodwin Aug 15 '17 at 17:20

A jagged surface or edge has a lot of rough pointed parts that make it look broken or torn. (Macmillen Dictionary) So a lacy jag would be the softened jagged edges as he effuses through the air perhaps in death.

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    Hello, jjrose. 'Telescope' (n) and 'telescoped' have startlingly different meanings. You need to post an authoritative definition of 'jag'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 14 '17 at 16:51

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