half-mast


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half-mast

(hăf′măst′, häf′mäst′)
n.
The position about halfway up a mast or pole at which a flag is flown as a symbol of mourning for the dead or as a signal of distress. Also called half-staff.
tr.v. half-mast·ed, half-mast·ing, half-masts
To place (a flag) halfway up a mast or pole.

half-mast

n
the lower than normal position to which a flag is lowered on a mast as a sign of mourning or distress
vb
(tr) to put (a flag) in this position

half′-mast′



n.
1. a position approximately halfway between the top of a mast, staff, etc., and its base.
v.t.
2. to place (a flag) at half-mast.
[1620–30]

half-mast


Past participle: half-masted
Gerund: half-masting

Imperative
half-mast
half-mast
Present
I half-mast
you half-mast
he/she/it half-masts
we half-mast
you half-mast
they half-mast
Preterite
I half-masted
you half-masted
he/she/it half-masted
we half-masted
you half-masted
they half-masted
Present Continuous
I am half-masting
you are half-masting
he/she/it is half-masting
we are half-masting
you are half-masting
they are half-masting
Present Perfect
I have half-masted
you have half-masted
he/she/it has half-masted
we have half-masted
you have half-masted
they have half-masted
Past Continuous
I was half-masting
you were half-masting
he/she/it was half-masting
we were half-masting
you were half-masting
they were half-masting
Past Perfect
I had half-masted
you had half-masted
he/she/it had half-masted
we had half-masted
you had half-masted
they had half-masted
Future
I will half-mast
you will half-mast
he/she/it will half-mast
we will half-mast
you will half-mast
they will half-mast
Future Perfect
I will have half-masted
you will have half-masted
he/she/it will have half-masted
we will have half-masted
you will have half-masted
they will have half-masted
Future Continuous
I will be half-masting
you will be half-masting
he/she/it will be half-masting
we will be half-masting
you will be half-masting
they will be half-masting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been half-masting
you have been half-masting
he/she/it has been half-masting
we have been half-masting
you have been half-masting
they have been half-masting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been half-masting
you will have been half-masting
he/she/it will have been half-masting
we will have been half-masting
you will have been half-masting
they will have been half-masting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been half-masting
you had been half-masting
he/she/it had been half-masting
we had been half-masting
you had been half-masting
they had been half-masting
Conditional
I would half-mast
you would half-mast
he/she/it would half-mast
we would half-mast
you would half-mast
they would half-mast
Past Conditional
I would have half-masted
you would have half-masted
he/she/it would have half-masted
we would have half-masted
you would have half-masted
they would have half-masted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-mast - a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distresshalf-mast - a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
position, place - the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
Translations

half-mast

[ˈhɑːfˈmɑːst] N at half-mast [flag] → a media asta; [trousers] (= very short) → muy cortos; (= halfway down the legs) → medio bajados

half-mast

[ˌhɑːfˈmɑːst] n at half-mast (flag) → a mezz'asta
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