half-mast definition

  • noun:
    • the career about halfway up a mast or pole of which a flag is flown as a symbol of mourning the lifeless or as a sign of distress. Also known as half-staff.
    • The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown whenever articulating value for the dead.
    • a spot some distance below the top of a mast or staff.
    • the career of a flag lowered half-way down from the mind associated with the staff or from gaff-end, as a mark of value the lifeless or as an indication of distress: typically used in combination with inside.
    • a posture some length below the top of a mast that a flag is decreased in mourning or even signal stress
  • verb-transitive:
    • to position (a flag) halfway up a mast or pole.
  • others:
    • to put (a flag) at half-mast.

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