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Definition: To hang the flag at half-staff
, n. [Cf. LG. & G. flagge, Sw. flagg, Dan. flag, D.
vlag. See Flag
to hang loose.]
1. That which flags or hangs down loosely.
2. A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to
indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask
information; -- commonly attached to a staff to be waved
by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors;
as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag.
(a) A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of
certain hawks, owls, etc.
(b) A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks.
(c) The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter.
4. (Zo["o]l.) One of the wing feathers next the body of a
bird; -- called also flag feather
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
. See under Black
, Flag leutenant
, etc., special officers
attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer.
, the commander of a fleet or squadron; an
admiral, or commodore.
Flag of truse
, a white flag carried or displayed to an
enemy, as an invitation to conference, or for the purpose
of making some communication not hostile.
, the flag officer's share of prize money.
(Railroad), a station at which trains do not
stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or
, a flag of a particular country, on which
some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.
, a flag of a red color, displayed as a signal of
danger or token of defiance; the emblem of anarchists.
To dip, the flag
, to mlower it and quickly restore it to
its place; -- done as a mark of respect.
To hang out the white flag
, to ask truce or quarter, or, in
some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a
To hang the flag half-mast high
or To hang the flag half-staff
or To hang the flag at half-staff
, to raise it
only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign of
To strike the flag
or To lower the flag
, to haul it down,
in token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of
, the quarantine flag of all nations; also
carried at a vessel's fore, to denote that an infectious
disease is on board.