Meaning of answering pennant

an'swering pen'nant

Pronunciation: [key]
— Naut. Naut.
  1. one of the flags of the International Code of Signals, a pennant of three red and two white vertical stripes, flown at the dip while a message is being interpreted and close up when it is understood. Also called
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