• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Signal-flag a flag used in signalling, its colour, shape, markings, and combinations indicating various significations
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  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. signalis, signum.


In literature:

At five o'clock, the white flag containing a blue cross, which is the signal for divine service, appeared on the Young America.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Then we mounted again, and a few noticed a flag off to the right signaling.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
A signal flag was raised to show that all was ready.
"Anecdotes for Boys" by Harvey Newcomb
The two soldiers were army signallers, and were carrying on a silent conversation, using their thumbs as they would a flag.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The Caesar, having rehoisted the Admiral's flag, made the signal to prepare for battle!
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
His destination was the ridge where Tom Binns had seen the flashing of red and white signal flags.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
All that short January day the fleet steamed slowly eastward, while signal flags fluttered incessantly.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Once more the signal flag appeared, with a double motion upwards.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
In the absence of signal flags, the headdress or other substitute may be used.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
On the summit of the white hill a mile distant, a red signal flag went up.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
It is really no part of an infantry soldier's duty to learn telegraphy, but he is trained at times in the use of the wig-wag signal flags.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Countless times the landing officer, with a signal flag in each hand, blurred right out of his vision.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
At length he gives the signal to march off; again the flags unite in two groups, followed by the shouting Dervishes.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
For answer the lad asked for a signal flag.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
Then the touch-judges behind the goals raised their flags, a signal for the greatest roar of all.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
Launches were specially employed to fetch telegrams on signal being given by flag from the end of Clevedon Pier.
"The Bristol Royal Mail" by R. C. Tombs
Ray, however, could not resist the signal flags any longer, and as soon as the meal was eaten he was out tending them again.
"The Girl From Tim's Place" by Charles Clark Munn
She, too, was flying the signal, "The enemy is escaping," in red and white and blue flags.
"Fighting in Cuban Waters" by Edward Stratemeyer
Please run up your flag and signal your gunships.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
Here would be found a signal officer and his squad of trained flag swingers.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby

In poetry:

We passed where flag and flower
Signalled a jocund throng;
We said: "Go to, the hour
Is apt!"—and joined the song;
And, kindling, laughed at life and care,
Although we knew no laugh lay there.
"Middle-Age Enthusiasms" by Thomas Hardy
O Music, from this height of time my Word unfold:
In thy large signals all men's hearts Man's heart behold:
Mid-heaven unroll thy chords as friendly flags unfurled,
And wave the world's best lover's welcome to the world.
"The Centennial Cantata." by Sidney Lanier

In news:

WKTV is now transmitting AFD flags as part of our HD signal on over-the-air channel 2.1.
I am not sure if I am just good at reading signals, or if I have some inner guide sending up red flags.
Talk about waving the white flag and sending out a coded signal at the same time.
SAN DIEGO – The strong wind whipped the American flag and dozens of signal flags on the island of the USS Midway, giving No.
The strong wind whipped the American flag and dozens of signal flags on the island of the USS Midway, giving No.
SAN DIEGO (AP) The strong wind whipped the American flag and dozens of signal flags on the island of the USS Midway, giving No.
A Grand Rapids, Michigan family flies the American flag upside down as a signal that the country is in "distress" and their neighbors are not happy about it.
Signalman- a person who historically gives signals using flags or lights.
I have a black banner over my doorway and am flying my flag upside down -- the signal for distress.
On the afternoon of 10 October, the owners of the Panama-flagged MV Izumi reported that they had received an automatically released distress signal indicating that the vessel was likely to be under pirate attack.
He's our starting pistol of the season, dropping the flag to signal we'd better shake the dust off ourselves and get moving.