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FLAG (flagged, flagging)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flag mean? 

FLAG (noun)
  The noun FLAG has 7 senses:

1. emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
2. plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
3. a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
4. a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
5. flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green
6. stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones
7. a conspicuously marked or shaped tail

  Familiarity information: FLAG used as a noun is common.


FLAG (verb)
  The verb FLAG has 5 senses:

1. communicate or signal with a flag
2. provide with a flag
3. droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
4. decorate with flags
5. become less intense

  Familiarity information: FLAG used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLAG (noun)


Sense 1flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

emblem (special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flag"):

ensign; national flag (an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality)

yellow jack (yellow flag hoist on a ship in quarantine)

flag of truce; white flag (flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce)

Union flag; Union Jack (national flag of the United Kingdom)

tricolor; tricolour (a flag having three colored stripes (especially the French flag))

Confederate flag; Stars and Bars (the first flag of the Confederate States of America)

standard (any distinctive flag)

pennant; pennon; streamer; waft (a long flag; often tapering)

jack (small flag indicating a ship's nationality)

fanion (a small flag used by surveyors or soldiers to mark a position)

colors; colours (a flag that shows its nationality)

black flag; blackjack; Jolly Roger; pirate flag (a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship)

battle flag (a flag that leads troops into battle)

banner; streamer (long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising)

American flag; Old Glory; Star-Spangled Banner; Stars and Stripes (the national flag of the United States of America)


Sense 2flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

iris; fleur-de-lis; flag; sword lily

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

iridaceous plant (any bulbous plant of the family Iridaceae)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flag"):

English iris; Iris xiphioides (bulbous iris native to the Pyrenees; widely cultivated for its large delicate flowers in various colors except yellow)

Iris virginica; southern blue flag (similar to blue flag; the eastern United States)

blue flag; Iris versicolor (a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowers; root formerly used medicinally)

dwarf iris; Iris verna; vernal iris (low-growing spring-flowering American iris with bright blue-lilac flowers)

Iris pseudacorus; yellow flag; yellow iris; yellow water flag (common yellow-flowered iris of Europe and North Africa, naturalized in United States and often cultivated)

Iris persica; Persian iris (bulbous iris native to Asia Minor cultivated for its pale lilac-colored flowers)

gladdon; gladdon iris; Iris foetidissima; roast beef plant; stinking gladwyn; stinking iris (iris with purple flowers and foul-smelling leaves; southern and western Europe and North Africa)

dwarf iris; Iris cristata (low-growing summer-flowering iris of northeastern United States)

bulbous iris (any of various irises having a rootstock formed like a bulb)

beardless iris (any of numerous wild or cultivated irises having no hairs on the drooping sepals (the falls))

bearded iris (any of numerous wild or cultivated irises with hairlike structures on the falls (the drooping sepals))

Holonyms ("flag" is a member of...):

genus Iris (large genus of perennials that develop from bulbs or rhizomes)


Sense 3flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

signal flag; flag

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

visual signal (a signal that involves visual communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flag"):

red flag (a flag that serves as a warning signal)

code flag; nautical signal flag (one of an international code of flag signals used between ships)

pennant (a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering))


Sense 4flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

masthead; flag

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

list; listing (a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics))


Sense 5flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

flag; pin

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

golf equipment (sports equipment used in playing golf)


Sense 6flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

flagstone; flag

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

paving stone (a stone used for paving)


Sense 7flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A conspicuously marked or shaped tail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("flag" is a kind of...):

tail (the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body)

Holonyms ("flag" is a part of...):

Canis familiaris; dog; domestic dog (a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds)

cervid; deer (distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers)


FLAG (verb)


Sense 1flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Communicate or signal with a flag

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "flag" is one way to...):

sign; signal; signalise; signalize (communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Also:

flag down (signal to stop)


Sense 2flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with a flag

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately

Hypernyms (to "flag" is one way to...):

mark (make or leave a mark on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

droop; sag; swag; flag

Hypernyms (to "flag" is one way to...):

drop; drop down; sink (fall or drop to a lower place or level)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "flag"):

slouch; slump (assume a drooping posture or carriage)

bag (hang loosely, like an empty bag)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decorate with flags

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

the building was flagged for the holiday

Hypernyms (to "flag" is one way to...):

adorn; beautify; decorate; embellish; grace; ornament (make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5flag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become less intense

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

ease off; slacken off; ease up; flag

Hypernyms (to "flag" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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