Definition of Half-mast

1. Noun. A position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress.

Exact synonyms: Half-staff
Generic synonyms: Place, Position



Definition of Half-mast

1. Noun. The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown when expressing respect for the dead. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-mast

half-inch
half-inched
half-inches
half-inching
half-inferior
half-integer
half-integers
half-intensity
half-jacket
half-length
half-life
half-light
half-line
half-lives
half-long vowel
half-mast (current term)
half-measure
half-metal
half-metallic
half-monthly
half-moon
half-moons
half-naked
half-nephew
half-niece
half-noble
half-nobles
half-open
half-open interval
half-past

Literary usage of Half-mast

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1. Poems of American History by Burton Egbert Stevenson (1908)
"half-mast [February 16, 1898] ON every schoolhouse, ship, and staff From 'Frisco ... The verdict wait; your wrath restrain; half-mast! for all that gallant ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1862)
"half-mast. In Memory of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, kill-it et lit» Battu of Wilson's ... О. С." Unfurl our flag half-mast to-day, In sorrow, 'mid the clang of wer ..."

3. Public Papers and Addresses of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-third President of by Benjamin Harrison (1893)
"... will be placed at half-mast on to-morrow and until the body of this eminent statesman, scholar, and historian shall rest in the State that gave him to ..."

4. American Tariff Controversies in the Nineteenth Century by Edward Stanwood (1903)
"... in port were placed at half mast in token of mourning over a measure which was expected to give a death-blow to American commerce.1 There was a similar ..."

5. American Tariff Controversies in the Nineteenth Century by Edward Stanwood (1903)
"X CLAY'S COMPROMISE WHEN the news of the passage of the act of 1828 reached New York, the flags of some of the ships in port were placed at half mast in ..."

6. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1902 by United States President, James Daniel Richardson (1907)
"... and that they be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days, and that the flags be displayed at half-mast on the public buildings and forts and on ..."

7. Report of the International Council of Women: Assembled by the National by International Council of Women (1888)
"Then said I : " The flags floated at half-mast for Peter Cooper the alderman, and not for Peter Cooper the great philanthropist." He admitted ihis to be so. ..."

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