half-staff
noun Date: 1708 half-mast

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Half-staff — or half mast describes a flag flying approximately halfway up a flagpole or ship s mast (though anywhere from one third to two thirds of the way up is acceptable, but see below). This is done in many countries as a symbol of respect, mourning, or …   Wikipedia

  • half-staff — half′ staff′ n. naut. half mast • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • half-staff — ☆ half staff [haf′staf′ ] n. HALF MAST …   English World dictionary

  • half-staff — /haf staf , hahf stahf /, n., v.t. half mast. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • half-staff — noun half mast …   Wiktionary

  • half-staff — v. lower a flag to half mast as a sign of respect for the dead or as a distress signal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • half-staff — noun a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress • Syn: ↑half mast • Hypernyms: ↑position, ↑place …   Useful english dictionary

  • To hang the flag at half-staff — 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

  • To hang the flag half-staff — 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

  • at half staff — ➡ Stars and Stripes * * * …   Universalium

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