flag1(flag),USA pronunciationn., v.,flagged, flag•ging. n.
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.
Birds[Ornith.]the tuft of long feathers on the legs of falcons and most hawks; the lengthened feathers on the crus or tibia.
Sport[Hunting.]the tail of a deer or of a setter dog.
Journalismthe nameplate of a newspaper.
, Printing, Journalismmasthead (def. 1).
Journalismthe name of a newspaper as printed on the editorial page.
a tab or tag attached to a page, file card, etc., to mark it for attention.
Music and Dancehook (def. 12a).
Cinema[Motion Pictures, Television.]a small gobo.
Usually, flags. the ends of the bristles of a brush, esp. a paintbrush, when split.
Computinga symbol, value, or other means of identifying data of interest, or of informing later parts of a program what conditions earlier parts have encountered.
strike the flag:
Idiomsto relinquish command, as of a ship.
Idiomsto submit or surrender:His financial situation is growing worse, but he's not ready to strike the flag.Also, strike one's flag.
to place a flag or flags over or on; decorate with flags.
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.
to communicate (information) by or as if by a flag.
to decoy, as game, by waving a flag or the like to excite attention or curiosity.
to mark (a page in a book, file card, etc.) for attention, as by attaching protruding tabs.
(of a brush) to split the ends of the bristles.
perh. blend of, blended flap (noun, nominal) and fag1 (noun, nominal) in obsolete sense "flap'' 1475–85
Plant Biologyany of various plants with long, sword-shaped leaves, as the sweet flag.
Plant BiologySee blue flag.
the long, slender leaf of such a plant or of a cereal.