• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sagging hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
    • n Sagging A bending or sinking between the ends of a thing, in consequence of its own, or an imposed, weight; an arching downward in the middle, as of a ship after straining. Cf. Hogging.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sagging That form of breakage in which the middle part sinks more than the extremities: opposed to hogging.
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.”


In literature:

It was late in the afternoon when they finally climbed into the buck-board which sagged in the middle until all the girls began to grow apprehensive.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
There is, of course, such a thing as an enlarged or sagging stomach.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
When the yardarm of the reefspar is up at the lee side, the sail cannot sag to leeward when the tack is eased away.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
His face had sagged in my direction.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The clouds had now widened in a sagging plain across the sky, some scattered rain pattered coldly on the fallen leaves.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
My garments were heavy; my skirt, lined with a sagging cotton goods, weighed a ton; the woolen gloves irritated.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
The past sags on their shoulders and in their veins, a grievous burden and a grievous malady.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
The best most on us could do was to sag right on to the old folks.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Single shelves should not be more than three feet long, on account of the tendency to sag.
"A Library Primer" by John Cotton Dana
Then our engagement sagged in the middle and gently dissolved.
"More Toasts"
Marion screamed, saw Jack sag down beside the spruce, clutched at him wildly, hampered by her muff.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
His chin was buried in the collar of his open shirt; his shoulders sagged, and he breathed heavily.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
They sagged in, crowding away from the terror-stricken dog.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
But the fisherman sagged, went lurching backward.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Marian's evening gown was torn and one silk stocking sagged at the ankle.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
When he saw the twins, side by side, his jaw sagged and a strangled sound came from his throat.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
The shack was dark when he finally reached it and only silence greeted his knock upon the sagging door.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
Sagging, slipping, eager-to-keep-up-appearances but fighting-a-losing-game lawns.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Near the center of it rose the sagging roof of what had been a shack or a shed of some sort.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
All that afternoon they paddled about in the river and came home with hair wet and nerves sagging.
"Stubble" by George Looms

In poetry:

The aphrodisiac squid.
My mouth sags,
The mouth of Christ
When my engine reaches the end of it.
"Gigolo" by Sylvia Plath
My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
I let it rot upon the bough;
I eat what falls upon the ground.
"The Loss Of Love" by Countee Cullen
The sky breaks.
It sags and breathes upon my face.
In the presence of mine enemies, mine enemies
The world is full of enemies.
There is no safe place.
"Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn" by Anne Sexton
They are lying in rows there, under the gloomy beams;
On the sagging floor; they gather the silver streams
Out of the moon, those moonlit apples of dreams,
And quiet is the steep stair under.
"Moonlit Apples" by John Drinkwater
The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow…
We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.
Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army
Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of gray,
But nothing happens.
"Exposure" by Wilfred Owen
That boy I took in the car last night,
With the body that awfully sagged away,
And the lips blood-crisped, and the eyes flame-bright,
And the poor hands folded and cold as clay —
Oh, I've thought and I've thought of him all the day.
"A Casualty" by Robert W Service

In news:

Refusing to give in to wrinkles, sags and spreading middles, both men and women are seeking cosmetic surgery in record numbers.
Sag Harbor Trustees Push Forward Plans for Outside Police Services.
EARLIER THIS WEEK, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Texas announced that it will "get tough" on enforcing a dress code that bans sagging pants from the city's public transportation.
Sauvignon blanc fortunes sag, but quality is still there.
Taking a Scalpel to Proposed Budget in Sag Harbor School District.
Harvey Weinstein brilliantly sold The King's Speech as an acting triumph, scoring SAG and Oscar victories.
Dowling Wins Sag Harbor Cup Singlehanded.
Jason Kidd Signs Softballs In Sag Harbor.
Pipeline Installed in Sag Harbor Superfund Cleanup .
Pipeline Installed in Sag Harbor Superfund Cleanup.
Shellfishing Closed in Sag Harbor Cove After Toxin is Detected.
A combination of sagging attendance, rising booking costs and issues with the building contributed to the decision to close the 400-people capacity Hi-Tone space.
Patrick French, a Sag Harbor native and Pierson graduate, sees that aspect of the business as integral.
Ex- Con with Sag Harbor Past Pulls Gun During Questioning.
Ex-Con with Sag Harbor Past Pulls Gun During Questioning.

In science:

However, Saglia et al. (2002) (SAG) and Cenarro et al. (2003) (CEN) present CaT* indices for bright ellipticals and show that CaT* and central velocity dispersion σ anticorrelate.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
Moreover, the CaT* values of the Es in the SAG-sample scatter around 6.9 ˚A, about 0.5 ˚A lower than expected by SSP models, given their ages and metallicities (determined independently from Lick indices).
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
The same trend is found for CaT where SAG find a stronger anticorrelation and the Es of CEN are slightly offset with respect to the bulges of FAL.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
Fig. 2.— Comparison of our data with the extended relations of SAG, CEN and FAL.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
However, the bright ellipticals in the SAG sample have CaT* values that are about 0.5 ˚A lower than expected by theory, given their ages and metallicities, signaling that some vital ingredient might be missing in the models.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
In order to interpret their low CaT and CaT* in view of the current models, SAG and CEN find that model uncertainties (∼ 0.5 ˚A) are too small to provide a solution.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
Es, implies higher than observed FeH 9916 ˚A index values (FeH is strong in dwarf stars but nearly abscent in giants) and too high stellar mass-to-light ratios (see SAG and references therein).
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
We effectively need to show that there is “no middle sag,” that such paths do not usually hit zero somewhere in the middle.
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically
In its statement, and throughout this section, we assume familiarity with the concept of standard tableaux as in Chapters 2 and 3 of [Sag].
Separation cutoffs for random walk on irreducible representations
The final equality follows from the branching rules for irreducible representations of symmetric groups [Sag].
Separation cutoffs for random walk on irreducible representations
The sag toward the right is due to shower leakaage owing to the 5-degree impact angle.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
The gravitational sag is O(µm) therefore negligible and the maximum value of the expected radial displacement is 20 µm for 500 N axial load and becomes 40 µm with 1000 N.
Status of the Cylindical-GEM project for the KLOE-2 Inner Tracker
Small scale prototypes were constructed to test for sagging and to do timing and resolution studies of the detector.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
First the straw tube design will be presented, with tests concerning sagging and radiation damage.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
In following sections details about the wire and straws will be provided and the results of a sag and irradiation test are discussed.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance