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Vexillology vs. Flag

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Vexillologynoun

The study of flags

‘Vexillology can help us to delve into national and global history.’;

Flagnoun

A piece of cloth, often decorated with an emblem, used as a visual signal or symbol.

Vexillology

Vexillology () is the study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general. The word is a synthesis of the Latin word vexillum (which refers to a kind of square flag which was carried by Roman cavalry) and the Greek suffix -logia ().

‘study’;

Flagnoun

An exact representation of a flag (for example: a digital one used in websites).

Flagnoun

(nautical) A flag flown by a ship to show the presence on board of the admiral; the admiral himself, or his flagship.

Flagnoun

A signal flag.

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Flagnoun

(construction) lang=en a construction material used for paving, flooring, roofing or tiling

Flagnoun

The use of a flag, especially to indicate the start of a race or other event.

Flagnoun

(computer science) A variable or memory location that stores a true-or-false, yes-or-no value, typically either recording the fact that a certain event has occurred or requesting that a certain optional action take place.

Flagnoun

(computer science) In a command line interface, a command parameter requesting optional behavior or otherwise modifying the action of the command being invoked.

Flagnoun

(British) An abbreviation for capture the flag.

Flagnoun

(geometry) A sequence of faces of a given polytope, one of each dimension up to that of the polytope (formally, though in practice not always explicitly, including the null face and the polytope itself), such that each face in the sequence is part of the next-higher dimension face.

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Flagnoun

A sequence of subspaces of a vector space, beginning with the null space and ending with the vector space itself, such that each member of the sequence (until the last) is a proper subspace of the next.

Flagnoun

Any of various plants with sword-shaped leaves, especially irises; specifically, Iris pseudacorus.

Flagnoun

A slice of turf; a sod.

Flagnoun

A slab of stone; a flagstone, a flat piece of stone used for paving.

Flagnoun

(geology) Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones.

Flagverb

To furnish or deck out with flags.

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Flagverb

To mark with a flag, especially to indicate the importance of something.

Flagverb

(often with down) To signal to, especially to stop a passing vehicle etc.

‘Please flag down a taxi for me.’;

Flagverb

To convey (a message) by means of flag signals.

‘to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance’;

Flagverb

(often with up) To note, mark or point out for attention.

‘I've flagged up the need for further investigation into this.’; ‘Users of the Internet forum can flag others' posts as inappropriate.’;

Flagverb

(computing) To signal (an event).

‘The compiler flagged three errors.’;

Flagverb

(computing) To set a program variable to true.

‘Flag the debug option before running the program.’;

Flagverb

To decoy (game) by waving a flag, handkerchief, etc. to arouse the animal's curiosity.

Flagverb

(sports) To penalize for an infraction.

‘The defender was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.’;

Flagverb

(intransitive) To weaken, become feeble.

‘His strength flagged toward the end of the race.’;

Flagverb

To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.

Flagverb

To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness.

‘to flag the wings’;

Flagverb

To enervate; to exhaust the vigour or elasticity of.

Flagverb

(transitive) To pave with flagstones.

‘Fred is planning to flag his patio this weekend.’;

Flagverb

To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.

‘As loose it [the sail] flagged around the mast.’;

Flagverb

To droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the strength flags.

‘The pleasures of the town begin to flag.’;

Flagverb

To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings.

Flagverb

To enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of.

‘Nothing so flags the spirits.’;

Flagverb

To signal to with a flag or by waving the hand; as, to flag a train; also used with down; as, to flag down a cab.

Flagverb

To convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance.

Flagverb

To decoy (game) by waving a flag, handkerchief, or the like to arouse the animal's curiosity.

‘The antelope are getting continually shyer and more difficult to flag.’;

Flagverb

To furnish or deck out with flags.

Flagverb

To lay with flags of flat stones.

‘The sides and floor are all flagged with . . . marble.’;

Flagnoun

That which flags or hangs down loosely.

Flagnoun

A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask information; - commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag.

Flagnoun

A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc.

Flagnoun

One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird; - called also flag feather.

Flagnoun

An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera Iris and Acorus.

Flagnoun

A flat stone used for paving.

Flagnoun

Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones.

Flagnoun

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

Flagnoun

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

Flagnoun

a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device

Flagnoun

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.

Flagnoun

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

Flagnoun

stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones

Flagnoun

a conspicuously marked or shaped tail

Flagverb

communicate or signal with a flag

Flagverb

provide with a flag;

‘Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately’;

Flagverb

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

Flagverb

decorate with flags;

‘the building was flagged for the holiday’;

Flagverb

become less intense

Flagnoun

a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities

‘the American flag’;

Flagnoun

used in reference to one's home country or its system of beliefs and values

‘he pledged allegiance to the flag’;

Flagnoun

the ensign carried by a flagship as an emblem of an admiral's rank

‘Hawke first hoisted his flag at Spithead’;

Flagnoun

a small piece of cloth attached at one edge to a pole and used as a marker or signal in various sports

‘the flag's up’;

Flagnoun

a drawing or symbol resembling a flag, used as a marker

‘golf courses are indicated by a numbered flag on the map’;

Flagnoun

a small paper badge given to people who donate to a charity appeal in the street.

Flagnoun

a mechanism that can be raised to indicate that a taxi is for hire.

Flagnoun

a variable used to indicate a particular property of the data in a record.

Flagnoun

a flat stone slab, typically rectangular or square, used for paving.

Flagnoun

a plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome.

Flagnoun

the long slender leaf of a flag.

Flagverb

mark (an item) for attention or treatment in a specified way

‘the spellcheck program flags any words that are not in its dictionary’;

Flagverb

draw attention to

‘cancer was flagged up as a priority area for research’;

Flagverb

signal to a vehicle or driver to stop, especially by waving one's arm

‘she flagged down a police patrol car’;

Flagverb

wave a flag at someone or something as a starting signal

‘the vintage car fiesta will be flagged off by the minister for tourism’;

Flagverb

(of an official) raise a flag to draw the referee's attention to a breach of the rules in soccer, rugby, and other sports

‘the goalkeeper brought down Hendrie and a linesman immediately flagged’;

Flagverb

provide or decorate with a flag or flags.

Flagverb

register (a vessel) in a particular country, under whose flag it then sails.

Flagverb

become tired or less enthusiastic or dynamic

‘if you begin to flag, there is an excellent cafe to revive you’;

Flag

A flag is a piece of fabric (most often rectangular or quadrilateral) with a distinctive design and colours. It is used as a symbol, a signalling device, or for decoration.

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