from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The position about halfway up a mast or pole at which a flag is flown as a symbol of mourning for the dead or as a signal of distress. Also called half-staff.
- transitive v. To place (a flag) halfway up a mast or pole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown when expressing respect for the dead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A point some distance below the top of a mast or staff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To place (a flag) at half-mast.
- n. The position of a flag lowered half-way down from the head of the staff or from the gaff-end, as a mark of respect for the dead or as a signal of distress: generally used with at.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
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It was preceded by a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, "9/11/01" was painted in white next to the blue court to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and the U.S. flag atop Arthur Ashe Stadium was at half-mast.
In a letter, Blatter also said that the Wales flag at Fifa headquarters in Zurich was flying at half-mast.
This morning, I shopped for a keyboard stand for my new iPal, learned how to use Pages, and e-mailed an animated love story involving octopi to my dad, all while my eyelids were still at half-mast.
He ordered flags to fly at half-mast and that Hoover's body lie in state in the Capitol.
The U.S. flag is otherwise flown at half-staff (or half-mast, on ships) when directed by the President of the United States or a state governor.
Jason pops out of the water and after raising his arms half-mast and breathing hard, he literally feels his way past the dock.
Flags flew at half-mast, pundits pontificated, and Americans watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into the World Trade Center.
Hance, 51, had no previous criminal record before the outburst late Sunday morning and his death in a shootout with police in Copley, where a flag flew at half-mast Monday outside the home where the carnage began.
The girls bragged each customer left with his organ at half-mast, a selling point for sailors who anchored boats offshore.
Not petrified forest excited, but still more than half-mast. jess says: