half-mast(redirected from half-masting)
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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.
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
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.
Past participle: half-masted