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1. That which flags or hangs down loosely.

2. A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc, or to give or ask information; commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colours; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag.

3. (Science: zoology) a group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc. A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks.

The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter. Black flag. See black. Flag captain, flag leutenant, etc, special officers attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer. Flag officer, the commander of a fleet or squadron; an admiral, or commodore. Flag of truse, a white flag carried or displayed to an enemy, as an invitation to conference, or for the purpose of making some communication not hostile. Flag share, the flag officers share of prize money. Flag station, a station at which trains do not stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or waved. National flag, a flag of a particular country, on which some national emblem or device, is emblazoned. Red flag, a flag of a red colour, displayed as a signal of danger or token of defiance; the emblem of anarchists. To dip, the flag, to mlower it and quickly restore it to its place; done as a mark of respect. To hang out the white flag, to ask truce or quarter, or, in some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a white flag. To hang the flag half-mast high or half-staff, to raise it only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign of mourning. To strike, or lower, the flag, to haul it down, in token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of surrender. Yellow flag, the quarantine flag of all nations; also carried at a vessels fore, to denote that an infectious disease is on board.

Origin: cf. LG. & g. Flagge, Sw. Flagg, dan. Flag, D. Vlag. See flag to hang loose.

(Science: botany) An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera iris and Acorus. Cooper's flag, the cat-tail (Typha latifolia), the long leaves of which are placed between the staves of barrels to make the latter water-tight. Corn flag. See corn. Flag broom, a coarse of broom, originally made of flags or rushes. Flag root, the root of the sweet flag. Sweet flag. See calamus.

Origin: From flag to hang loose, to bend down.

1. A flat stone used for paving.

2. (Science: geology) Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones.

Origin: Icel. Flaga, cf. Icel. Flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. Flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.