Definitions for: Flag

[n] a conspicuously marked or shaped tail
[n] emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
[n] stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones
[n] flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green
[n] a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
[n] plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
[v] become less intense
[v] provide with a flag; "Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately"
[v] communicate or signal with a flag
[v] decorate with flags, as of buildings
[v] droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

Webster (1913) Definition: Flag (fl[a^]g), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flagged; p. pr. &
vb. n. Flagging.] [Cf. Icel. flaka to droop, hang loosely.
Cf. Flacker, Flag an ensign.]
1. To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible
bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.

As loose it [the sail] flagged around the mast. --T.

2. To droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish;
as, the spirits flag; the streugth flags.

The pleasures of the town begin to flag. --Swift.

Syn: To droop; decline; fail; languish; pine.

Flag (fl[a^]g), v. t.
1. To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into
feebleness; as, to flag the wings. --prior.

2. To enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of.

Nothing so flags the spirits. --Echard.

Flag, 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.

3. (Zo["o]l.)
(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.

Black flag. See under Black.

Flag captain, Flag leutenant, etc., special officers
attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer.

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.

Flag share, the flag officer's share of prize money.

Flag station (Railroad), a station at which trains do not
stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or

National flag, a flag of a particular country, on which
some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.

Red flag, 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
white flag.

To hang the flag half-mast high or half-staff, to raise
it only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign
of mourning.

To strike, or lower, the flag, to haul it down, in
token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of

Yellow flag, the quarantine flag of all nations; also
carried at a vessel's fore, to denote that an infectious
disease is on board.

Flag, v. t. [From Flag an ensign.]
1. To signal to with a flag; as, to flag a train.

2. To convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to
flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance.

Flag, n. [From Flag to hang loose, to bend down.]
An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to
either of the genera Iris and Acorus.

Cooper's flag, the cat-tail (Typha latifolia), the long
leaves of which are placed between the staves of barrels
to make the latter water-tight.

Corn flag. See under 2d Corn.

Flag broom, a coarse of broom, originally made of flags or

Flag root, the root of the sweet flag.

Sweet flag. See Calamus, n., 2.

Flag, v. t.
To furnish or deck out with flags.

Flag, n. [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf
has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]
1. A flat stone used for paving. --Woodward.

2. (Geol.) Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which
splits into layers suitable for flagstones.

Flag, v. t.
To lay with flags of flat stones.

The sides and floor are all flagged with . . . marble.

Flag, n. (Zo["o]l.)
One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird; -- called
also flag feather.

Flag, v. t.
To decoy (game) by waving a flag, handkerchief, or the like
to arouse the animal's curiosity.

The antelope are getting continually shyer and more
difficult to flag. --T.

Synonyms: droop, ease off, ease up, flagstone, fleur-de-lis, iris, pin, sag, signal flag, slack off, slacken off, swag, sword lily

See Also: adorn, American flag, bag, banner, battle flag, bearded iris, beardless iris, beautify, black flag, blue flag, bulbous iris, Canis familiaris, cervid, code flag, colors, colours, Confederate flag, decorate, decrease, deer, diminish, dog, domestic dog, drop, drop down, dwarf iris, embellish, emblem, English iris, ensign, fall, fanion, flag down, flag of truce, genus Iris, gladdon, gladdon iris, golf equipment, grace, iridaceous plant, Iris cristata, Iris foetidissima, Iris persica, Iris pseudacorus, Iris verna, Iris versicolor, Iris virginica, Iris xiphioides, jack, Jolly Roger, lessen, mark, national flag, nautical signal flag, Old Glory, ornament, paving stone, pennant, pennant, pennon, Persian iris, pirate flag, red flag, roast beef plant, sign, signal, signalise, signalize, sink, slouch, slump, southern blue flag, standard, Stars and Bars, Stars and Stripes, Star-Spangled Banner, stinking gladwyn, stinking iris, streamer, tail, tricolor, tricolour, Union flag, Union Jack, vernal iris, visual signal, waft, white flag, yellow flag, yellow iris, yellow jack, yellow water flag

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