half-mast half-mast


  • (n) a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress


  1. Flags in Atlanta began flying at half-mast shortly after the news was circulated of her passing.
  2. In every ball park, flags drooped at half-mast.
  3. The Grand National Assembly at Angora ordered that no Government building was to lower the Turkish flag to half-mast on the occasion of the death of President Harding.


  • Flags at half-mast honor fallen New Yorkers

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings—including those at UB—be flown at half-mast on June 14 in honor of three New Yorkers who died in Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan, on June 8.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: UB Reporter

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  1. "We will fly the Pakistan flag at half-mast in her honor," Musharraf said in his condolence message televised on state-run Pakistan Television. "Terrorists are the greatest threat to Pakistan and we won't rest till we defeat terrorism."
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: Bloomberg

  2. Souare decreed 40 days of national mourning for Conte, saying: "Flags will be flown at half-mast and the programme for the state funeral will be announced later."
    on Dec 22, 2008 By: Lansana Conte Source: The Age

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