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  • n. a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device


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  • As the British destroyers astern of Tipperary swerved to avoid the blazing wreck, they used their 4-inch guns to rake the superstructures of their massive opponents, hitting bridges, searchlight stations, and signal flag positions.

    Castles of Steel

  • Once the signal flag commanding a turn was hauled down at 4: 41 p.m. and Lion actually began to turn, no one on the flagship’s bridge noticed that the 5th Battle Squadron continued racing south.

    Castles of Steel

  • These signposts are basically proteins on the surface of cells, and they wave like flags in the wind during development so that when the myelinated axon gets there it’s like a signal flag telling the axon which direction to head in to connect with the right muscle and, conversely, which direction to avoid.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic


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