yellow flag

yellow flag
Quarantine Quar"an*tine, n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadragesima}.] 1. A space of forty days; -- used of Lent. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed. [1913 Webster]

Note: Quarantine is now applied also to any forced stoppage of travel or communication on account of malignant contagious disease, on land as well as by sea. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eng. Law) The period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized. [1913 Webster]

{Quarantine flag}, a yellow flag hoisted at the fore of a vessel or hung from a building, to give warning of an infectious disease; -- called also the {yellow jack}, and {yellow flag}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Yellow flag — Yellow Yel low (y[e^]l l[ o]), a. [Compar. {Yellower} (y[e^]l l[ o]*[ e]r); superl. {Yellowest}.] [OE. yelow, yelwe, [yogh]elow, [yogh]eoluw, from AS. geolu; akin to D. geel, OS. & OHG. gelo, G. gelb, Icel. gulr, Sw. gul, Dan. guul, L. helvus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yellow flag — Flag Flag, n. [Cf. LG. & G. flagge, Sw. flagg, Dan. flag, D. vlag. See {Flag} to hang loose.] 1. That which flags or hangs down loosely. [1913 Webster] 2. A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • yellow flag — flag n QUARANTINE FLAG …   Medical dictionary

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  • yellow flag — geltonasis vilkdalgis statusas T sritis vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Iris pseudacorus angl. common yellow iris; yellow flag; water flag vok. gelbe Schwertlilie; Sumpf Schwertlilie; Wasser Schwertlilie rus. ирис болотный; касатик аировидный; касатик …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

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  • yellow flag — noun common yellow flowered iris of Europe and North Africa, naturalized in United States and often cultivated • Syn: ↑yellow iris, ↑yellow water flag, ↑Iris pseudacorus • Hypernyms: ↑iris, ↑flag, ↑fleur de lis, ↑sword lily …   Useful english dictionary

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