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flag 1

1. A piece of cloth, usually rectangular, of distinctive color and design, used as a symbol, standard, signal, or emblem.
2. National or other allegiance, as symbolized by a flag: ships of the same flag.
3. A ship carrying the flag of an admiral; a flagship.
4. A marking device, such as a gummed strip of paper, attached to an object to attract attention or ease identification; a tab.
5. The masthead of a newspaper.
6. Music A cross stroke that halves the value of a note to which it is added.
7. A distinctively shaped or marked tail, as of a dog or deer.
8. Computers A variable or memory location that stores true-or-false, yes-or-no information.
tr.v. flagged, flag·ging, flags
1. To mark with a flag or flags for identification or ornamentation: flag a parade route; flagging parts of a manuscript for later review.
a. To signal with or as if with a flag.
b. To signal to stop: flag down a passing car.

[Origin unknown.]

flag 2

A plant, such as an iris or cattail, that has long sword-shaped leaves.

[Middle English flagge, reed, of Scandinavian origin.]

flag 3

intr.v. flagged, flag·ging, flags
To lose vigor or strength; weaken or diminish: The conversation flagged.

[Possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flögra, to flap about.]

flag 4

A flagstone.
tr.v. flagged, flag·ging, flags
To pave with slabs of flagstone.

[Middle English flagge, piece of turf, from Old Norse flaga, slab of stone; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
(Zoology) rare the long feathers on the leg of a hawk or falcon


any of various types of signaling systems using flags, mechanical arms, etc. — semaphorist, n.semaphoric, semaphorical, adj.
a modified version of the semaphore, introduced at the end of the eighteenth century.
a standard bearer.
the study of flags and flag design. — vexillologist, n.vexillological, adj.
1. a military Standard or banner carried by ancient Roman troops.
2. the men serving under such a banner.


Common name for iris.
References in classic literature ?
It was very much like a merry-go-round tent, with open sides and gay flags flying from the poles.
Two little spotless flags were abroad, the one on a salient angle of the fort, and the other on the advanced battery of the besiegers; emblems of the truth which existed, not only to the acts, but it would seem, also, to the enmity of the combatants.
The floor was of big stone flags laid in black and white squares, rather battered by age and use, and needing repair.
No wonder the grass grows up between the flags, and cattle are the only hedge- cutters.
Among pennons and flags bearing wounded hearts, burning hearts, bleeding hearts, bows and quivers, and all the commonplace emblems of the triumphs of Cupid, a blazoned inscription informed the spectators, that this seat of honour was designed for La Royne de la Beault
As the palace of the new king, or rather of the Princess Badoura, overlooked the harbour, she saw the ship entering it and asked what vessel it was coming in so gaily decked with flags, and was told that it was a ship from the Island of the Idolaters which yearly brought rich merchandise.
They could hear him drag his chair on the flags, and chuckle--
There is a mythical story of a wonderful speaking-trumpet possessed by Alexander the Great, by which he could call a soldier who was ten miles distant; but there was probably no substitute for the human voice except flags and beacon-fires, or any faster method of travel than the gait of a horse or a camel across ungraded plains.
But in the middle of the discourse, it being not very much to his taste, Sancho had turned aside out of the road to beg a little milk from some shepherds, who were milking their ewes hard by; and just as the gentleman, highly pleased, was about to renew the conversation, Don Quixote, raising his head, perceived a cart covered with royal flags coming along the road they were travelling; and persuaded that this must be some new adventure, he called aloud to Sancho to come and bring him his helmet.
At this Will Scarlet bit his lip, but said no word, while the crowd shouted and waved yellow flags for very joy that the King's man had overcome the outlaw.
She did not commit the folly of depreciating herself; on the contrary, she set every sail bravely, ran up all her flags, assumed the bearing of the queen of Alencon, and boasted of her excellent preserves.
The sky was black with naval vessels and private and public pleasure craft, flying long streamers of gay-colored silks, and banners and flags of odd and picturesque design.