Definition and Meanings for flag

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Part of Speech of flag

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of flag

cf. icel. flaka to droop, hang loosely. cf. flacker, flag an ensign cf. lg. & g. flagge, sw. flagg, dan. flag, d. vlag. see flag to hang loose from flag an ensign from flag to hang loose, to bend down icel. flaga, cf. icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and e. flake layer, scale. cf. floe

Meaning of flag

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.
  • to droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the strength flags.

as transitive verb

  • to let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings.
  • to enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of.

as noun

  • that which flags or hangs down loosely.
  • 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.
  • a group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc.;a group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks.;the bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter.
  • one of the wing feathers next the body of a bird; -- called also flag feather.

as transitive verb

  • 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.
  • to convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance.
  • to decoy (game) by waving a flag, handkerchief, or the like to arouse the animal's curiosity.

as noun

  • an aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera iris and acorus.

as noun

    as transitive verb

    • to furnish or deck out with flags.

    as noun

    • a flat stone used for paving.
    • any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones.

    as transitive verb

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