half-mast


1half–mast

noun \-ˈmast\

: the position in the middle of a mast or pole

Full Definition of HALF-MAST

:  a point some distance but not necessarily halfway down below the top of a mast or staff or the peak of a gaff

First Known Use of HALF-MAST

1588

2half–mast

verb

Definition of HALF-MAST

transitive verb
:  to cause to hang at half-mast <half–mast a flag>

First Known Use of HALF-MAST

1891

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