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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.
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the lower than normal position to which a flag is lowered on a mast as a sign of mourning or distress
(tr) to put (a flag) in this position
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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.
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Past participle: half-masted
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|Noun||1.||half-mast - a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress|
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half-mast[ˈhɑːfˈmɑːst] N at half-mast [flag] → a media asta; [trousers] (= very short) → muy cortos; (= halfway down the legs) → medio bajados
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
half-mast[ˌhɑːfˈmɑːst] n at half-mast (flag) → a mezz'asta
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995