• WordNet 3.6
    • v sag droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
    • v sag cause to sag "The children sagged their bottoms down even more comfortably"
    • n sag a shape that sags "there was a sag in the chair seat"
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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.
    • Sag Fig.: To lose firmness or elasticity; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced. "The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear,
      Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear."
    • n Sag State of sinking or bending; sagging.
    • v. t Sag To cause to bend or give way; to load.
    • Sag To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
    • Sag To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane; as, a line or cable supported by its ends sags, though tightly drawn; the floor of a room sags ; hence, to lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position; as, a building may sag one way or another; a door sags on its hinges.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sag To droop, especially in the middle; settle or sink through weakness or lack of support.
    • sag Hence To yield under the pressure of care, difficulties, trouble, doubt, or the like; be depressed.
    • sag To go about in a careless, slovenly manner or state; slouch.
    • sag Nautical, to incline to the leeward; make lee-way.
    • sag To cause to droop or bend in the middle, as by an excessive load or burden: opposed to hog.
    • n sag A bending or drooping, as of a rope that is fastened at its extremities, or of a surface; droop. Specifically— The dip of a telegraph-wire, or the distance from the straight line joining the points to which the wire is attached to the lowest point of the arc it forms between them.
    • sag Heavy; loaded; weighed down.
    • n sag In railroad construction, a depression in the grade of a road; the meeting of a down grade with an up grade. An abrupt sag is objectionable, owing to the varying strains upon the cars of a train passing it, the cars on the up grade being pulled apart and those on the down grade being pressed together, the strains being reversed as each car passes the lowest point of the sag.
    • n sag A depression in a crest-line or divide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sag sag to bend, sink, or hang down: to yield or give way as from weight or pressure: to hang heavy: to make leeway
    • n Sag a droop
    • adj Sag loaded
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Sw. sacka, to settle, sink down, LG. sacken, D. zakken,. Cf. Sink (v. i.)


In literature:

It was easy to read chagrin and depression in the sag of his shoulders and the drag of his feet.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
His jaw sagged, his rifle slipped from his hands and fell with a clank at his feet.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Its roof sagged in the center, its walls were bulging with weakness.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Men wearing such sag-suits could walk about on Dara.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
His shoulders unconsciously sagged.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
Slowly McAvoy sagged under the pressure Astro was applying and his face began to redden.
"Sabotage in Space" by Carey Rockwell
Perilously tempted, he sagged back on the oars without a word.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
His enemy was sagging at the knees.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Yellowjacket's lower lip sagged with senility or lack of spirit, Lorraine could not tell which.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
It was a game that made Arthurs sag a little lower on the bench.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

The aphrodisiac squid.
My mouth sags,
The mouth of Christ
When my engine reaches the end of it.
"Gigolo" by Sylvia Plath
They all may home on a sleepy tide
To the sag of an idle sheet;
But it's never again the Nancy's Pride
That draws men down the street.
"The Nancy's Pride" by Bliss William Carman
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
She - diffused like a broken beetle - Sprawls without grace,
Her face gray as asphalt,
Her jaws sagging as on loosened hinges…
Shadows ply about her mouth - Nimble shadows out of the jigging tree,
That dances above her its dance of dry bones.
"Flotsam" by Lola Ridge

In news:

To satisfy the taste buds of health-enthusiasts I introduce to you, Gourmet Sorbets – a new addition to everybody's favorite market place, Cavaniola's Gourmet Cheese Shop, Wine Cellar, and Kitchen in the heart of Sag Harbor.
So it came as a surprise that as I was doing research for this story on holiday stocking stuffers I discovered Sag Harbor holds the key to gift giving success.
Available on recordings at middle and high schools in Sag Harbor, L.I ATHLETICS.
High-Profile SAG Members Take Sides Variety.
Southampton Man Crashes into Telephone Pole in Sag Harbor.
It's completely sagging and not in good condition.
This results in excellent application properties, sag resistance and storage stability, according to the company.
Big Changes Coming for Police in Sag Harbor.
SAG Awards Hair and Makeup: Lea Michele's Soft Smoky Eye and Tousled Waves.
Imports Jump, Exports Sag in Sign US Upturn Is Slowing.
Measure the width of the sagging screen door to determine what size will work best.
Richardson's debut novel sags in execution.
The Geeks Arrive in Sag Harbor & All Is Well.
Here is the legislative scorecard from Unshackle Upstate, a Rochester-based business group pushing for lower taxes and regulation in an attempt to revive the sagging upstate economy.
Said it will end production of silicon wafers at a unit in December amid sagging demand for solar products.

In science:

This sag can significantly distort the drift properties of the electrons.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
In order to avoid this, straws are mounted in layers of circles and spot glued together to prevent the sagging.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
The primary motivation of this study is to see if the tilted detector behaves as expected, because in earlier prototypes deviations were observed that lead back to gas leaks, sagging of the straw, etc.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
Only the damping of this mode is significantly enhanced at high temperatures, therefore no clear minimum (just sagging) is seen in reflectivity near 430 cm−1 close to room temperature.
Antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3
Many of the early ideas developed in Italy, the USA and the former Sowjet Union have been discussed in a series of workshops in the years from 1990 to 1994 at Sag Harbor, New York, and SLAC, Stanford, USA.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary