half-mast

noun
\ˈhaf-ˈmast, ˈhäf-\

Definition of half-mast 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

half-mast

verb
half-masted; half-masting; half-masts

Definition of half-mast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to hang at half-mast half-mast a flag

First Known Use of half-mast

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1891, in the meaning defined above

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half-mast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of half-mast

: the position in the middle of a mast or pole

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