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1flag

noun \ˈflag also ˈflāg\

Definition of FLAG

:  any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: as
a :  iris; especially :  a wild iris
b :  sweet flag

Origin of FLAG

Middle English flagge reed, rush
First Known Use: 14th century

2flag

noun, often attributive

Definition of FLAG

1
:  a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration
2
a :  the tail of some dogs (as a setter or hound); also :  the long hair fringing a dog's tail
b :  the tail of a deer
3
a :  something used like a flag to signal or attract attention
b :  one of the cross strokes of a musical note less than a quarter note in value
4
:  something represented by a flag: as
a :  flagship
b :  an admiral functioning in his office of command
c :  nationality; especially :  the nationality of registration of a ship or aircraft

Origin of FLAG

probably akin to fag end of cloth — more at fag end
First Known Use: 1530

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem

Rhymes with FLAG

3flag

verb
flaggedflag·ging

Definition of FLAG

transitive verb
1
:  to signal with or as if with a flag; especially :  to signal to stop <flagged the train> —often used with down
2
:  to mark or identify with or as if with a flag <flagged potential problems in the proposal>
3
:  to call a penalty on :  penalize <a lineman flagged for being offside>

First Known Use of FLAG

1856

4flag

verb
flaggedflag·ging

Definition of FLAG

intransitive verb
1
:  to hang loose without stiffness
2
a :  to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless
b :  to decline in interest, attraction, or value <flagging stock prices>

Origin of FLAG

probably from 2flag
First Known Use: 1545

5flag

noun

Definition of FLAG

:  a hard evenly stratified stone that splits into flat pieces suitable for paving; also :  a piece of such stone

Origin of FLAG

Middle English flagge turf, perhaps from Old Norse flaga slab; akin to Old English flōh chip
First Known Use: 1604

6flag

verb
flaggedflag·ging

Definition of FLAG

transitive verb
:  to lay (as a pavement) with flags

First Known Use of FLAG

1615
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