• WordNet 3.6
    • v flag become less intense
    • v flag provide with a flag "Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately"
    • v flag communicate or signal with a flag
    • v flag decorate with flags "the building was flagged for the holiday"
    • v flag droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
    • n flag a conspicuously marked or shaped tail
    • n flag emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    • n flag stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones
    • n flag flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green
    • n flag a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
    • n flag a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
    • n flag plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag
    • Flag 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.
    • Flag A flat stone used for paving.
    • Flag (Zoöl) A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks.
    • Flag (Zoöl) A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc.
    • n Flag (Bot) An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera Iris and Acorus.
    • Flag (Geol) Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones.
    • Flag (Zoöl) One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird; -- called also flag feather.
    • Flag That which flags or hangs down loosely.
    • Flag (Zoöl) The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter.
    • Flag To convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance.
    • Flag 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 ."
    • Flag To droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the strength flags. "The pleasures of the town begin to flag ."
    • Flag To enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of. "Nothing so flags the spirits."
    • v. t Flag To furnish or deck out with flags.
    • Flag 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."
    • v. t Flag To lay with flags of flat stones. "The sides and floor are all flagged with . . . marble."
    • Flag To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings.
    • Flag To signal to with a flag or by waving the hand; as, to flag a train; also used with down; as, to flag down a cab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cyprus has a map on its flag.
    • flag To hang loosely and laxly; droop from weakness or weariness.
    • flag To grow languid or less active; move or act more slowly; become feeble; droop; decline; fail: as, the spirits flag.
    • flag To grow stale or vapid; lose interest or relish.
    • flag To become careless or inefficient; slacken; halt.
    • flag To flap; wave.
    • flag Synonyms To languish, pine, sink, succumb.
    • flag To cause or suffer to droop.
    • flag To make feeble; enervate; exhaust.
    • n flag A piece of thin, light fabric, especially bunting, usually rectangular and oblong or square, but sometimes triangular, notched, or otherwise varied in form, ranging from a few inches to several yards in dimensions, used hanging free from a staff to which it is attached or connected by one end, for many purposes, as a signal, symbol, cognizance, or standard, and differing in size, color, and emblematic marking or ornamentation, according to its intended use. The most common employment of flags is as military ensigns, colors, or standards, or emblems of nationality in all its modes of visible manifestation. In the army a flag is a banner by which one regiment is distinguished from another, and is usually called the colors. In the navy flags are borne at the masthead not only to designate the nationality of a vessel, but also to indicate the rank of the officer in command, an admiral's presence being denoted by his flag at the main, a vice-admiral carrying his flag at the fore, and a rear-admiral at the mizzen. In the United States navy admirals' flags are blue, with four, three, or two stars, according to rank. When the President goes afloat, the national flag is displayed in the bow of his barge, or at the main of the man-of-war which receives him. In the British navy the supreme flag is the royal standard, which is to be hoisted only when the sovereign or one of the royal family is on board; the second flag has an anchor on a red ground, and characterizes the lord high admiral or lords commissioners ot the admiralty; and the third is the union or national flag, in which the crosses of St. George, St. Andrew, and St. Patrick (the patron saints of England, Scotland, and Ireland respectively) are blended. This flag is appropriated to the admiral of the fleet. (See ensign, and union flag, under union.) The flag of the United States has since 1818 consisted of thirteen horizontal stripes (representing the thirteen original States of the Union), seven red and six white, placed alternately, with a blue union having displayed on it one white five-pointed star for each State in the Union. The Confederate flag had a similar union, but bore three bars, two red and one white, instead of the thirteen stripes. Flags are also used afloat and ashore for signaling. Flags are often raised on public buildings to show that they are open for business, or (as on the Capitol at Washington) that a legislative body is there in session. So, formerly, play-houses exhibited flags on their roofs when there were performances at them. When the players were out of employment, they were said to be flag-fallen (which see).
    • n flag The wing or pinion of a bird.
    • n flag In a glass-furnace having a grate-room in each end, a part of the bed intervening between the two grate-rooms and serving as a partition between them.
    • n flag In ornithology, the tuft of long feathers on the leg of falcons and most other hawks; the lengthened feathers on the crus or tibia.
    • n flag In sporting, the tail of a deer or of a setter dog.
    • n flag In music. See pennant and hook.
    • n flag The recognized standard or symbol of an extreme revolutionary party, or of those who seek social as well as political revolution or anarchy: as, the red flag of the Commune.
    • n flag A signal displayed by boats carrying powder, and by ships of war when they are shipping or discharging powder.
    • n flag A danger-signal in target-practice and on railways: used on the latter to bring trains to a stand.
    • n flag A piece of red flannel used as a lure for flsh.
    • n flag The bloody spout of a dying whale.
    • flag To place a flag over or on: as, to flag a house.
    • flag To signal or warn by the use of a flag: as, to flag a train or a steamboat.
    • flag To decoy, as game, by waving some object like a flag to excite attention or curiosity.
    • n flag One of various endogenous plants with sword-shaped leaves, mostly growing in moist places; particularly, the common species of Iris, as the yellow flag or water-flag of England (I. Pseudacorus), the white flag (I. Germanica), and blue flags of the United States, as I. versicolor and I. prismatica. The cattail-flag is Typha latifolia and other species; the corn-flag of Europe, Gladiolus segetum, etc.; the sweet-flag, Acorus Calamus. The cattail-flag is used by coopers to tighten the seams of fish-barrels. The term flag is also applied to the broad-leafed fixed seaweeds.
    • flag To tighten the seams of (a barrel) by means of flags. See flag, n. Encyc.
    • n flag A piece of turf; a sod.
    • n flag A flat stone used for paving.
    • n flag A flake of snow.
    • n flag A tuft of coarse grass.
    • flag To lay or pave with flags or flat stones.
    • n flag A groat; fourpence.
    • n flag A trade-name for the outer or distal portion of bristle, which is thinner and lighter than the basal portion.
    • n flag Iris Florentina, with bluish-white flowers. See Iris and orris-root.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole was honored for doing this.
    • v.i Flag flag to grow languid or spiritless
    • pr.p Flag flag′ging; pa.p. flagged
    • n Flag flag a popular name for many plants with sword-shaped leaves, mostly growing in moist situations, sometimes specially the species of iris or flower-de-luce—esp. the yellow flag: the acorus or sweet flag:
    • n Flag flag the ensign of a ship or of troops: a banner
    • v.t Flag to decorate with flags: to inform by flag-signals
    • n Flag flag a stone that separates in flakes or layers: a flat stone used for paving—also Flag′stone
    • v.t Flag to pave with flagstones
    • n Flag flag (B.) reed-grass
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  • Leigh Hunt
    “If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.”
  • William Congreve
    “Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.”
  • George M. Cohan
    George M. Cohan
    “Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.”
  • Norman Thomas
    Norman Thomas
    “If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it.”


Fly the flag - If someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. ('Wave the flag' and 'show the flag' are alternative forms of this idiom)
Under a flag of convenience - If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes, etc, are lower than in the country it comes from, so if someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means.
Wrap yourself in the flag - If someone wraps themselves in the flag, they pretend to be doing something for patriotic reasons or out of loyalty, but their real motives are selfish. ('Drape yourself in the flag' is an alternative form of this idiom)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag, spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake, layer, scale. Cf. Floe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. obscure; cf. Dut. flag.


In literature:

And if there comes another war you must be true to the flag and the country.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
That flag is the flag of dishonour!
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
No, it matters not if the flag has been seen.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
Wave a flag as a signal to begin placing the stars on the blue of the flag.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
This money was spent in books, in improvements on The Starry Flag, in charity, and for other proper purposes.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
As she came to an anchor, the flags run up to her masthead summoned Murray on board.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
He wanted to remove the Yugoslav flags from public buildings and substitute Italian flags.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
Had it gone the other way, a new and possibly formidable flag would have been added to the maritime nations.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Three cheers were then given for the flag, and the troops were dismissed.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
I had to lick him, flag or no flag.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene

In poetry:

Below in the noisy village
The flags were floating gay,
And shone on a thousand faces
The light of a holiday.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Of silver silk, whereon the red
Great gladioli burn,
A rainbow-flag at her masthead,
A rose-flag at her stern;
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
Sleeping to waken
In this weary world no more;
Sleeping for your true-lov'd country, brother,
Sleeping for the flag you bore.
"Sleeping for the Flag" by Henry Clay Work
If we must say, 'No more his peer
Cometh; the flag is furled.'
Stand not too near him, lest he hear
That slander on the world.
"To Them That Mourn" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"'Neath all the flags of all mankind
That use upon the seas,
Was there no other fleet to find
That you strike bands with these?
"The Rowers" by Rudyard Kipling
Now that the war—clamours cease,
And silently snowflakes fall,
Give we the kiss of Peace,
And one Flag be the Flag of us all!
"The White Pall Of Peace" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Local driver Brian Blevins celebrates his first Late Model win of 2008 after starting on the pole position and leading flag-to-flag to earn the victory in the 50-lap feature race.
My flag starts the American Flag-photo tour.
Our nation's birthday is celebrated on the Fourth of July, but on June 14th we celebrate Flag D or Flag Birthday and Old Glory is 229 years old.
Parts of flags that flew at the Baker Chapel and Eastbrook Mobile Home Park were stitched into the National 9/11 flag.
The American Legion Post 55 in Oxford burned more than 25 flags Thursday night during a ceremony to properly dispose of torn or worn-out American flags.
VFW to dispose of American flags, flags, vfw, monday, veterans, american, disposal, members, foreign, states, united.
An update on a story we brought to you last week about Riddle elementary school that didn't have the American flag flying outside, because overgrown trees kept tearing the flag.
PORT ROYAL – Stevie Smith earned the second Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50 of his career Saturday in convincing style with a flag-to-flag victory in the 44th annual running of the track's prestigious season-ending event.
The Browns have waved the white flag on their white-flag giveaway for tomorrow's game against the Steelers.
On the other hand, it's yellow flag after yellow flag in the NFL.
0An American flag is stolen from a Widefield home, and now the flag's owner is asking the community for help finding it.
0The Lt Kenneth Lee Coontz, VFW Post #2446 in Hannibal will be performing a flag retirement ceremony on Sept 29 for flags that are worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair.
The fourth of July is just a week away and a lot of you will probably be hanging up American flag s at your business, or home, or perhaps a flag is already on display from Memorial Day.
On Saturday, October 6, 14 members of the Flag Flag Football League volunteered to run a Youth Field Day as part of the GSA Leadership Camp at UMass, Amherst.
Smokey the Bear and Chuck Lippi, Chairman of the Street Tree Advisory Committee, hold up a Tree City USA flag that was presented by Bill Leary, City Commissioner (shown at the far left of this photo near the American flag).

In science:

While there is a small effect fro m the inclusion of the new lattice estimate for fK / fp in the FLAG-2 average, the largest single in fluence is from the new correction to the ratio G(Km2 )/G(pm2) for the effects of strong isospin breaking.
Testing the Standard Model with Kaon Decays
The next three sections contain the core of the presentation, an update on Hadron Spectroscopy (Sec. 3 ), Hadron Structure (Sec. 4 ) and Flavor Physics (Sec. 5 , with a brief presentation of the recent FLAG activities).
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
In such a situation it is useful to have reviews which provide averages, like the one by FLAG (with a focus on low-energy physics) or (with an eye on CKM physics).
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
Lattice QCD yields vital input in CKM analysis and BSM bounds, much of which is reviewed in the compilations by FLAG and latticeaverages .
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
There is a natural forgetful map from Flags(Cn) to each Grassmannian, taking a flag to its subspace of dimension k, forgetting all the subspaces below and above.
The symplectic and algebraic geometry of Horn's problem