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Flag \Flag\ (fl[a^]g), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flagged} (fl[a^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flagging} (fl[a^]g"g[i^]ng).] [Cf. Icel. flaka to droop, hang loosely. Cf. {Flacker}, {Flag} an ensign.]
     1. To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp. [1913 Webster]

              As loose it [the sail] flagged around the mast. --T. Moore. [1913 Webster]

     2. To droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the strength flags. [1913 Webster]

              The pleasures of the town begin to flag. --Swift.

     Syn: To droop; decline; fail; languish; pine.
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Flag \Flag\, v. t. [From {Flag} an ensign.]
     1. To signal to with a flag or by waving the hand; as, to flag a train; also used with down; as, to flag down a cab. [1913 Webster]

     2. To convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance. [1913 Webster]

     3. To decoy (game) by waving a flag, handkerchief, or the like to arouse the animal's curiosity.

              The antelope are getting continually shyer and more difficult to flag.                    --T. Roosevelt. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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Flag \Flag\, n. [From {Flag} to hang loose, to bend down.] (Bot.) An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera {Iris} and {Acorus}. [1913 Webster]

     {Cooper's flag}, the cat-tail ({Typha latifolia}), the long leaves of which are placed between the staves of barrels to make the latter water-tight.

     {Corn flag}. See under 2d {Corn}.

     {Flag broom}, a coarse of broom, originally made of flags or rushes.

     {Flag root}, the root of the sweet flag.

     {Sweet flag}. See {Calamus}, n., 2.
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Flag \Flag\ (fl[a^]g), v. t.
     1. To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings. --prior. [1913 Webster]

     2. To enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of. [1913 Webster]

              Nothing so flags the spirits.         --Echard. [1913 Webster]

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Flag \Flag\, n. [Cf. LG. & G. flagge, Sw. flagg, Dan. flag, D. vlag. See {Flag} to hang loose.]
     1. That which flags or hangs down loosely.
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     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Zool.)
        (a) A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc. (b) A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks. (c) The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Zool.) One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird;
        -- called also {flag feather}.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {Black flag}. See under {Black}.

     {Flag captain}, {Flag leutenant}, etc., special officers attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer.

     {Flag officer}, the commander of a fleet or squadron; an admiral, or commodore.

     {Flag of truse}, a white flag carried or displayed to an enemy, as an invitation to conference, or for the purpose of making some communication not hostile.

     {Flag share}, the flag officer's share of prize money.

     {Flag station} (Railroad), a station at which trains do not stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or waved.

     {National flag}, a flag of a particular country, on which some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.

     {Red flag}, a flag of a red color, displayed as a signal of danger or token of defiance; the emblem of anarchists.

     {To dip, the flag}, to mlower it and quickly restore it to its place; -- done as a mark of respect.

     {To hang out the white flag}, to ask truce or quarter, or, in some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a white flag.

     {To hang the flag half-mast high} or {To hang the flag half-staff} or {To hang the flag at half-staff}, to raise it only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign of mourning.

     {To strike the flag} or {To lower the flag}, to haul it down, in token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of surrender.

     {Yellow flag}, the quarantine flag of all nations; also carried at a vessel's fore, to denote that an infectious disease is on board. [1913 Webster]

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Flag \Flag\, v. t.
     To furnish or deck out with flags.
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Flag \Flag\, n. [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. {Floe}.]
     1. A flat stone used for paving. --Woodward.
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     2. (Geol.) Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones. [1913 Webster]

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Flag \Flag\, v. t.
     To lay with flags of flat stones.
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           The sides and floor are all flagged with . . . marble.
                                                    --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

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flag
   n.

      [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}.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

318 Moby Thesaurus words for "flag":
     Dannebrog, Jolly Roger, Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, Tarmac, Tarvia, Union Flag, Union Jack, abate, adobe, and blue, ashlar, asphalt, banderole, banner, banneret, bead, beat, beat the drum, bejewel, beribbon, bespangle, bitumen, bituminous macadam, black flag, blacktop, blade, blow, blue ensign, bract, bracteole, bractlet, break, break down, brick, bricks and mortar, bunting, burgee, burn out, carpet, causeway, cave in, cement, check off, clinker, coachwhip, cobble, cobblestone, collapse, color, colors, come apart, come unstuck, concrete, conk out, cotyledon, covering materials, crack up, crumble, curb, curbing, curbstone, dally, dangle, dawdle, debilitate, decline, decrease, degenerate, delay, desiccate, deteriorate, diamond, die, dillydally, diminish, dip, disintegrate, do in, do up, drag, droop, drop, dry up, dwindle, ease up, ebb, edgestone, enervate, engrave, ensign, exchange colors, exhaust, fade, fade away, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fall off, falter, fatigue, feather, ferroconcrete, festoon, figure, filigree, firebrick, fizzle out, flag down, flagging, flagstone, flash, floor, flooring, floral leaf, flounce, flower, foliole, frazzle, frond, garland, gasp, gem, gesture, get tired, give a signal, give out, give the nod, give way, glance, glume, go downhill, go soft, go to pieces, gonfalon, gonfanon, goof off, gravel, grow weary, guidon, hail, hail and speak, half-mast, halt, hang down, harass, hit the skids, hoist a banner, house flag, identify, illuminate, inform, involucre, involucrum, jack, jade, jewel, kerb, kerbstone, kick, knock out, knock up, label, lag, lamina, languish, lath and plaster, leaf, leaflet, leer, lemma, lessen, let up, ligule, linger, loiter, lollygag, long pennant, lose strength, macadam, make a sign, mark, masonry, merchant flag, metal, mortar, motion, national flag, needle, nod, nudge, oriflamme, overfatigue, overstrain, overtire, overweary, paint, pant, pave, pavement, pavestone, paving, paving material, paving stone, peak, pebble, peg out, pendant, pennant, pennon, pennoncel, petal, peter out, pile, pine, pine needle, plasters, play out, plume, poke, poop, poop out, prestressed concrete, prostrate, puff, puff and blow, raise a cry, red, red ensign, ribbon, road metal, roofage, roofing, royal standard, run down, run out, sag, salute, sear, seed leaf, sepal, shilly-shally, shrink, shrivel, siding, sign, signal, signal flag, signalize, sink, slump, sound an alarm, sound the trumpet, spangle, spathe, speak, spear, spire, standard, stipula, stipule, stone, stop, streamer, subside, succumb, swag, swallowtail, tab, tag, taper off, tar, tarmacadam, tarry, tick off, tile, tiling, tinsel, tire, tire out, tire to death, touch, trail, tricolor, tucker, unfurl a flag, use up, vexillum, walling, wane, warn, washboard, waste, waste away, waste time, wave, wave a flag, wave the hand, weaken, wear, wear away, wear down, wear on, wear out, wear thin, weary, wheeze, white, wilt, wind, wink, wither, wither away, wizen, wreathe, yield


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