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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.]
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pl n
(Zoology) rare the long feathers on the leg of a hawk or falcon
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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.
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Common name for iris.
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References in classic literature ?
'They have all turned out to see our flags and streamers?
Nor can ordinary objects be seen clearly enough: hence the institution of banners and flags.
The flags of all nations flew in her harbour, and at the climax, the yearly coming and going overseas numbered together upwards of two million human beings.
Jamie and Pokey were at once enrolled in the Cosey Corner Light Infantry a truly superb company, composed entirely of officers, all wearing cocked hats, carrying flags, waving swords, or beating drums.
After a while he stepped quietly into the chart-room, and opened his International Signal Code-book at the plate where the flags of all the nations are correctly figured in gaudy rows.
On his arrival, as an indemnity for alleged insults offered to the flag of his country, he demanded some twenty or thirty thousand dollars to be placed in his hands forthwith, and in default of payment, threatened to land and take possession of the place.
And then, within thirty yards of the pit, advancing from the direction of Horsell, I noted a little black knot of men, the foremost of whom was waving a white flag.
I had no keepsake to speak to me of my lost darling but the flag which she had embroidered with her own hand.
Rebecca liked better to draw things less realistic, and speedily, before the eyes of the enchanted multitude, there grew under her skillful fingers an American flag done in red, white, and blue chalk, every star in its right place, every stripe fluttering in the breeze.
They could see a flag that tossed in the smoke angrily.
The two speechless gazers bent themselves down to the earth, as if in prayer, and remained thus a long time, absolutely motionless: the flag continued to wave silently.
But, singularly to say, a flag floating on the wind surmounted its cone, which emerged five or six feet out of water.