—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. Ornith.the tuft of long feathers on the legs of falcons and most hawks; the lengthened feathers on the crus or tibia.
3. Hunting.the tail of a deer or of a setter dog.
4. Journalism. a. the nameplate of a newspaper.
b. masthead (def. 1).
c. the name of a newspaper as printed on the editorial page.
5. a tab or tag attached to a page, file card, etc., to mark it for attention.
6. Music.hook (def. 12a).
7. Motion Pictures,Television.a small gobo.
8. Usually, flags. the ends of the bristles of a brush, esp. a paintbrush, when split.
9. Computers.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.
10. strike the flag, a. to relinquish command, as of a ship.
b. 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.
Pronunciation: (flag),[key] —n. 1. any of various plants with long, sword-shaped leaves, as the sweet flag.
2. See blue flag. 3. the long, slender leaf of such a plant or of a cereal.
Pronunciation: (flag),[key] —v.i.,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.