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Meaning of flag

flag

Pronunciation: (flag), [key]
— n., v., flagged, flag•ging.
—n.
  1. a piece of cloth, varying in size, shape, color, and design, usually attached at one edge to a staff or cord, and used as the symbol of a nation, state, or organization, as a means of signaling, etc.; ensign; standard; banner; pennant.
  2. the tuft of long feathers on the legs of falcons and most hawks; the lengthened feathers on the crus or tibia.
  3. the tail of a deer or of a setter dog.
    1. the nameplate of a newspaper.
    2. masthead (def. 1).
    3. the name of a newspaper as printed on the editorial page.
  4. a tab or tag attached to a page, file card, etc., to mark it for attention.
  5. hook (def. 12a).
  6. a small gobo.
  7. Usually,the ends of the bristles of a brush, esp. a paintbrush, when split.
  8. a symbol, value, or other means of identifying data of interest, or of informing later parts of a program what conditions earlier parts have encountered.
  9. His financial situation is growing worse, but he's not ready to strike the flag.
    1. to relinquish command, as of a ship.
    2. to submit or surrender:His financial situation is growing worse, but he's not ready to strike the flag.Also,strike one's flag.
—v.t.
  1. to place a flag or flags over or on; decorate with flags.
  2. to signal or warn (a person, automobile, etc.) with or as if with a flag (sometimes fol. by down): to flag a taxi; to flag down a passing car.
  3. to communicate (information) by or as if by a flag.
  4. to decoy, as game, by waving a flag or the like to excite attention or curiosity.
  5. to mark (a page in a book, file card, etc.) for attention, as by attaching protruding tabs.
  6. (of a brush) to split the ends of the bristles.

flag

Pronunciation: (flag), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various plants with long, sword-shaped leaves, as the sweet flag.
  2. See
  3. the long, slender leaf of such a plant or of a cereal.

flag

Pronunciation: (flag), [key]
— flagged, flag•ging.
  1. to fall off in vigor, energy, activity, interest, etc.: Public enthusiasm flagged when the team kept losing.
  2. to hang loosely or limply; droop.

flag

Pronunciation: (flag), [key]
— n., v., flagged, flag•ging.
—n.
  1. flagstone (def. 1).
  2. flagstone (def. 2).
—v.t.
  1. to pave with flagstones.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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