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flag1 US English

A piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities

flag2 US English

A flat stone slab, typically rectangular or square, used for paving

flag3 US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome

flag4 US English

(Of a person) become tired, weaker, or less enthusiastic

flag1 US Thesaurus

he raised the flag

flag2 US Thesaurus

they were flagging toward the finish

blue flag US English

A violet-flowered iris that grows in marshy places and wet meadows

flag boat US English

A boat serving as a mark in sailing matches

Flag Day US English

June 14, the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official US flag in 1777

flag rank US English

The rank attained by flag officers

pin flag US English

A miniature flag attached to a pin.

red flag US English

A red flag as a warning of danger or a problem

black flag US English

A pirate’s ensign, typically thought to feature a white skull and crossbones on a black background; Jolly Roger

bloody flag US English

A red flag displayed as a sign of readiness for battle.

church flag US English

A flag flown on board a ship to indicate a religious service is taking place.

Eureka flag US English

A blue flag bearing a white cross with a white star at the end of each arm and in the centre (in a stylized depiction of the constellation Crux); = Southern Cross.

flag-flying US English

The action of making a public display to promote the interests of one’s country, or of another organization or group

flag-waving US English

The expression of patriotism in a populist and emotional way

house flag US English

A flag indicating the company that a ship belongs to

pilot flag US English

Either of two types of signalling flag, one used to request a pilot and one used to indicate that a pilot is on board.

poison flag US English

The blue flag of eastern North America, Iris versicolor.

powder flag US English

The red flag carried by a powder-hoy, or hoisted on a ship when taking in, carrying, or discharging gunpowder or explosives.

prayer flag US English

(Especially in Tibetan Buddhism) a flag on which prayers are inscribed

racing flag US English

A flag flown by a ship when taking part in a race.

sweet flag US English

An Old World waterside plant of the arum family, with leaves that resemble those of the iris. It is used medicinally and as a flavoring

trophy flag US English

A flag captured in battle and kept as a trophy.

white flag US English

A white flag or cloth used as a symbol of surrender, truce, or a desire to parley

yellow flag US English

A ship’s yellow flag, denoting the letter Q for ‘quarantine.’ When flown with another flag, it indicates disease on board; when flown alone, it indicates the absence of disease and signifies a request for customs clearance

flag captain US English

The captain of a flagship

flag carrier US English

An airline owned or formerly owned by a specified state

flag football US English

A modified form of football in which ballcarriers are downed by pulling off a marker, or flag, loosely attached to a belt, rather than by tackling

flag officer US English

An admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral

flag station US English

A station at which trains stop only if signaled to do so

Lingula flag US English

Each of a series of Cambrian deposits, mainly micaceous flagstones and slates (originally in North Wales), containing abundant fossils of lingulate brachiopods; usually in plural.

marking flag US English

A flag used for marking a position.

negative flag US English

A flag used to indicate a negative response.

palmetto flag US English

The flag of the state of South Carolina, which bears a picture of a cabbage palmetto tree.

Pelican flag US English

The flag of the state of Louisiana, which depicts a pelican.

protest flag US English

A flag flown by a racing yacht to indicate its intention of lodging a protest against another competitor's infringement of the rules.

rainbow flag US English

The flag of the United States.

service flag US English

The official flag of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

checkered flag US English

A flag with a black-and-white checkered pattern, displayed to drivers as they finish a race

fly the flag US English

(Of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its flag

flag lieutenant US English

A lieutenant acting as an admiral’s aide-de-camp

Penistone flag US English

Any of a group of sandstones quarried around Penistone and used for making paving stones.

quarantine flag US English

Another term for yellow flag.

affirmative flag US English

A flag used to indicate an affirmative response; (later also) the flag used to represent the letter ‘C’ in the International Code of Signals.

show the flag US English

(Of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength

flag of truce US English

A white flag indicating a desire for a truce

hoist the flag US English

Stake one’s claim to discovered territory by displaying a flag

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