What does flag mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flag(noun)

    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

  2. masthead, flag(noun)

    a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.

  3. iris, flag, fleur-de-lis, sword lily(noun)

    plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals

  4. flag, signal flag(noun)

    a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device

  5. pin, flag(noun)

    flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

  6. flag, flagstone(noun)

    stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones

  7. flag(verb)

    a conspicuously marked or shaped tail

  8. flag(verb)

    communicate or signal with a flag

  9. flag(verb)

    provide with a flag

    "Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately"

  10. sag, droop, swag, flag(verb)

    droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

  11. flag(verb)

    decorate with flags

    "the building was flagged for the holiday"

  12. ease up, ease off, slacken off, flag(verb)

    become less intense

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flag(verb)

    to hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  2. Flag(verb)

    to droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the streugth flags

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  3. Flag(verb)

    to let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  4. Flag(verb)

    to enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  5. Flag(noun)

    that which flags or hangs down loosely

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  6. Flag(noun)

    a cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask information; -- commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  7. Flag(noun)

    a group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  8. Flag(noun)

    a group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  9. Flag(noun)

    the bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  10. Flag(verb)

    to signal to with a flag; as, to flag a train

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  11. Flag(verb)

    to convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  12. Flag(noun)

    an aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera Iris and Acorus

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  13. Flag(verb)

    to furnish or deck out with flags

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  14. Flag(noun)

    a flat stone used for paving

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  15. Flag(noun)

    any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

  16. Flag(verb)

    to lay with flags of flat stones

    Etymology: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]

Freebase

  1. Flag

    A flag is most of the time a piece of fabric with a distinctive design that is usually rectangular and used as a symbol, as a signaling device, or decoration. The term flag is also used to refer to the graphic design employed by a flag, or to its depiction in another medium. The first flags were used to assist military coordination on battlefields, and flags have since evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signalling and identification, especially in environments where communication is similarly challenging. National flags are potent patriotic symbols with varied wide-ranging interpretations, often including strong military associations due to their original and ongoing military uses. Flags are also used in messaging, advertising, or for other decorative purposes. The study of flags is known as vexillology, from the Latin vexillum meaning flag or banner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flag

    flag, v.i. to grow languid or spiritless.—pr.p. flag′ging; pa.p. flagged.—n. Flag′giness.—adj. Flag′gy, limp, flabby. [Perh. O. Fr. flac—L. flaccus; prob. influenced by imit. forms as flap.]

  2. Flag

    flag, n. a popular name for many plants with sword-shaped leaves, mostly growing in moist situations, sometimes specially the species of iris or flower-de-luce—esp. the yellow flag: the acorus or sweet flag: (B.) reed-grass.—ns. Flag′-bas′ket, a basket made of reeds for carrying tools; Flag′giness.—adj. Flag′gy, abounding in flags.—n. Flag′-worm, a worm or grub bred among flags or reeds. [Ety. obscure; cf. Dut. flag.]

  3. Flag

    flag, n. the ensign of a ship or of troops: a banner.—v.t. to decorate with flags: to inform by flag-signals.—ns. Flag′-cap′tain, in the navy, the captain of the ship which bears the admiral's flag; Flag′-lieuten′ant, an officer in a flag-ship, corresponding to an aide-de-camp in the army; Flag′-off′icer, a naval officer privileged to carry a flag denoting his rank—admiral, vice-admiral, rear-admiral, or commodore; Flag′-ship, the ship in which an admiral sails, and which carries his flag; Flag′staff, a staff or pole on which a flag is displayed.—Flag of distress, a flag displayed as a signal of distress—usually upside down or at half-mast; Flag of truce, a white flag displayed during war when some pacific communication is intended between the hostile parties; Black flag, a pirate's flag, pirates generally; Dip the flag, to lower the flag and then hoist it—a token of respect; Hang out the red flag, to give a challenge to battle; Strike, or Lower, the flag, to pull it down as a token of respect, submission, or surrender; White flag, an emblem of peace; Yellow flag, hoisted to show pestilence on board, also over ships, &c., in quarantine, and hospitals, &c., in time of war. [Prob. Scand.; Dan. flag; Dut. vlag, Ger. flagge.]

  4. Flag

    flag, n. a stone that separates in flakes or layers: a flat stone used for paving—also Flag′stone.—v.t. to pave with flagstones.—n. Flag′ging, flagstones: a pavement of flagstones. [A form of flake; Ice. flaga, a flag or slab.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flag

    [very common] A variable or quantity that can take on one of two values; a bit, particularly one that is used to indicate one of two outcomes or is used to control which of two things is to be done. “This flag controls whether to clear the screen before printing the message.” “The program status word contains several flag bits.” Used of humans analogously to bit. See also hidden flag, mode bit.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flag

    A general name for the distinguishing colours of any nation. Also, a certain banner by which an admiral is distinguished at sea from the inferior ships of his squadron. The flags of the British navy were severally on a red, white, or blue field, and were displayed from the top of the royal pole of the main, fore, or mizen mast, according to the rank of the admiral, thus indicating nine degrees. This diversity of colour has now been long done away with. The white field, with the red St. George's cross, and the sinister upper corner occupied by the union, is now alone used in the British navy--the blue being assigned to the reserve, and the red to the mercantile navy. An admiral still displays his flag exclusively at the main truck; a vice-admiral at the fore; a rear-admiral at the mizen. The first flag in importance is the royal standard of Great Britain and Ireland, hoisted only when the king or queen is on board; the second is the anchor of hope, for the lord high-admiral, or the lords-commissioners of the admiralty; and the third is the union flag, for the admiral of the fleet, who is the next officer under the lord high-admiral. The various other departments, such as the navy board, custom-house, &c., have each their respective flags. Besides the national flag, merchant ships are permitted to bear lesser flags on any mast, with the arms or design of the firm to which they belong, but they "must not resemble or be mistaken for any of the flags or signals used by the royal navy," under certain penalties. When a council of war is held at sea, if it be on board the admiral's ship, a flag is hung on the main-shrouds; if the vice-admiral's, on the fore-shrouds; and if the rear-admiral's, on the mizen-shrouds. The flags borne on the mizen were particularly called gallants. There are also smaller flags used for signals. The word flag is often familiarly used to denote the admiral himself. Also, the reply from the boat if an admiral is on board--Flag!

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    Rank popularity for the word 'flag' in Nouns Frequency: #1821

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flag in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of flag in a Sentence

  1. Maxine Waters:

    While I do not agree with torching the flag as a form of protest, I understand the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to this form of free expression.

  2. Paul Veluscek:

    The flag, I think, is something, just compare it to all the other flags in all the countries of the world, it is a pretty handsome, good looking flag. And if what it represents, at least for I hope the majority of Americans, is the good things that we’ve done.

  3. Maria Lasitskene:

    If there is still a white flag next to my name, then their reinstatement efforts are not good enough.

  4. Jim Howard:

    I told him if you don’t respect the flag, get out of this gym. Get off the floor and get out of the gym and he proceeded to tell me he didn’t have to, at least respect the people that paid for your scholarship to get you on this campus – like myself and everyone else in that gym.

  5. Mark Pitcavage:

    We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag, its not a thing in the white supremacist movement.

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