national flag


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n national flag an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The five interlocking Olympic rings are black, blue, red, green, and yellow because at least one of these colors appears on every national flag.
    • National flag a flag of a particular country, on which some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.
    • National flag See under Flag.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.
    • National flag the principal flag of a country
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  • 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.”


In literature:

A century later (July 28, 1707), this standard was made, by royal proclamation, the national flag of Great Britain.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
The frigate was gayly decorated with the flags of many nations.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
There was little flag-waving; the common purveyors of music were not everywhere playing (or allowed to play) the national airs.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It seemed as if the flags of every nation were hung out.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
The flags of all nations float there, but the British red is everywhere seen.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
We had two stands of colors, the national and State flags.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
She showed no flag to indicate her nationality, so surely we had sighted an English vessel.
"The Journal of Submarine Commander von Forstner" by Georg-Günther von Forstner
That all the Ports appertaining to any and all of the Powers composing this Association shall be shut against the Flag of the offending Nation.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
That all the Ports appertaining to any and all of the Powers composing this Association shall be shut against the Flag of the offending Nation.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
A novel tricolour of red, white, and a washed-out purple had replaced the national flag.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Vessels flying flags of many nationalities lay at anchor in the harbor or at the piers.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
Then, as they came nearer, they hoisted their national flags, and both sides saw that they were enemies and that a fight was on hand.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
It was he who had introduced this law against deserters from the army and the national flag.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Already the great flag of our nation waves over the citadel you have won.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Consuls of the greatest nations have been murdered, their flags torn down, their agents kept in slavery.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
If trade and investment can be made to follow the flag, the nation has an interest in securing colonies.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
A huge American flag was dropped from the middle of the roof to remind New York what its nationality was.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
They found it not the flag of the nation the flag of war and commerce.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
A large number of American-owned vessels are therefore registered under the flags of some foreign nation.
"The Panama Canal" by J. Saxon Mills
The National Capital was full of strangers in holiday dress, and every house was decorated with flags.
"The Story of American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell

In poetry:

But now I see it! In the sun
A free flag floats from yonder dome,
And at the nation's hearth and home
The justice long delayed is done.
"Astræa at the Capitol" by John Greenleaf Whittier
God of all Nations! Sovereign Lord
In thy dread name we draw the sword,
We lift the starry flag on high
That fills with light our stormy sky.
"Army Hymn" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gather the sacred dust
Of the warriors tried and true,
Who bore the flag of a Nation's trust
And fell in a cause, though lost, still just,
And died for me and you.
"March Of The Deathless Dead" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Our name should be a name for hope to utter,
A watchword for the chosen of the land;
A bloodless nation-flag, beneath whose flutter
The earnest soldiers of the earth should stand.
"An Apology" by Edwin Arnold
Peace smiles at last; the Nation calls her sons
To sheathe the sword; her battle-flag she furls,
Speaks in glad thunders from unspotted guns,
No terror shrouded in the smoke-wreath's curls.
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our song has gone far and. wide,
Bright mem'ries on our way abide,
In flags flying, friends that love us,
In wreaths from fair hands above us,
In feasts where youth's full spirits stream,
Our nation's past, our nation's dream.
"Song For The Students' Glee Club" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Salutes the flag during a ceremony held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.
Afghan National Police line up after the official ceremony to take down the flag at the end of the day at their base in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012.
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wave national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo .
PRESS Dylan Sutherland, 9, center, learns what different warning flags mean during an educational demonstration by National Energy Foundation employees at Westside Catholic School .
Flags from nations around the world fly outside the UN building in New York City.
The flag was put up this week in support of National Pride Month.
Benghazi, Oct 23, 2011 Anti- Gaddafi fighters gesture to crowds in front of a giant Kingdom of Libya flag during celebrations of the nation's liberation.
Tribune explores how Transocean flagged Deepwater Horizon in the tiny Pacific nation.
Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff today for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, December 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Maryland's flag and the American flag are being flown at half-staff in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service taking place in the state.
Primary school students learn how to raise a Chinese national flag during their visit to a national education center in Hong Kong.
A protester covered by Kyrgyz national flag walks April 8, 2010, in more.
The deal settles allegations that HSBC ignored red flags of massive money laundering by Mexican drug cartels and allowed transfers of billions of dollars from sanctioned nations like Iran.
National Guard soldier honored with lowered flags.

In science:

That is the reason for my MSRP falsification of Dijkstra’ s Dutch National Flag problem analysis (really sorting with only 3 values) (Dijkstra[1976]).
Adding Methodological Testing to Naur's Anti-formalism