national flag

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. 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.
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   3. (Zool.)
      (a) A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of
          certain hawks, owls, etc.
      (b) A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks.
      (c) The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter.
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   4. (Zool.) One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird;
      -- called also flag feather.
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   Black flag. See under Black.

   Flag captain, Flag leutenant, etc., special officers
      attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer.

   Flag officer, the commander of a fleet or squadron; an
      admiral, or commodore.

   Flag of truse, a white flag carried or displayed to an
      enemy, as an invitation to conference, or for the purpose
      of making some communication not hostile.

   Flag share, the flag officer's share of prize money.

   Flag station (Railroad), a station at which trains do not
      stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or

   National flag, a flag of a particular country, on which
      some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.

   Red flag, a flag of a red color, displayed as a signal of
      danger or token of defiance; the emblem of anarchists.

   To dip, the flag, to mlower it and quickly restore it to
      its place; -- done as a mark of respect.

   To hang out the white flag, to ask truce or quarter, or, in
      some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a
      white flag.

   To hang the flag half-mast high or {To hang the flag
   half-staff} or To hang the flag at half-staff, to raise it
      only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign of

   To strike the flag or To lower the flag, to haul it down,
      in token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of

   Yellow flag, the quarantine flag of all nations; also
      carried at a vessel's fore, to denote that an infectious
      disease is on board.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

National \Na"tion*al\ (?; 277), a. [Cf. F. national.]
   1. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or
      race; public; general; as, a national government,
      language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.
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   2. Attached to one's own country or nation.
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   National anthem, a popular song or hymn which has become by
      general acceptance the recognized musical expression of
      the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, "God save the
      King" is called the national anthem of England.

   National bank, the official common name of a class of
      banking corporations established under the laws of the
      United States.

   National flag. See under Flag.

   National guard, a body of militia, or a local military
      organization, as in Paris during the French Revolution, or
      as certain bodies of militia in other European countries
      and in the United States.

   National salute, a salute consisting of as many guns as
      there are States in the Union. [U.S.]
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