half-staff vs half-mast

half-staff half-mast


  • 1) The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown when expressing respect for the dead.
  • 2) 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.
  • 3) A point some distance below the top of a mast or staff.
  • 4) a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
  • 5) 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.
  • 6) To place (a flag) at half-mast.
  • 7) To place (a flag) halfway up a mast or pole.


  • 1) The Japanese flag flies at half-staff at the Japanese Embassy in Washington where locals talk about their fears and concerns following the Sendai earthquake and tsunami:
  • 2) President Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Buckles is buried.
  • 3) In honor and memory of the dead, he requested that the flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff.
  • 4) Flags flew at half-staff across the country, and Prime Minister John Key asked the nation's 4.5 million people to join in a show of unity for people "enduring tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine."
  • 5) I believe that only the President may order flags flown at half-staff on Federal installations.
  • 6) I don't mean to deny any honorifics or acknowledgment of those killed, however I don't believe that Director Panetta is authorized to have flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff.
  • 7) I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same periods at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
  • 8) It was the flags at half-staff when they finally came home.
  • 9) I also direct that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.
  • 10) Jan Brewer ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff.
  • 11) ‘The governor ordered all flags in Texas to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the victims.’
  • 12) ‘All flags at city buildings were lowered to half-staff in his honor.’
  • 13) ‘On May 5, 1866, the village was decorated with flags at half-staff.’
  • 14) ‘Police officers lowered the flag outside their headquarters to half-staff.’
  • 15) ‘According to the radio station I was listening to, NASA has lowered its flags to half-staff.’
  • 16) ‘At the start of the ceremony, the flag was flying at half-staff in the former president's memory.’
  • 17) ‘The flag in her memory is now being flown at half-staff over the US Congress.’
  • 18) ‘All eight flags of the countries represented here are flying at half-staff tonight.’
  • 19) ‘The blue United Nations flag with its white map of the world was lowered to half-staff.’
  • 20) ‘The American flag outside the white clapboard town hall was lowered to half-staff.’


  • 1) 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.
  • 2) 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.
  • 3) Flags flew at half-mast, pundits pontificated, and Americans watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into the World Trade Center.
  • 4) Jason pops out of the water and after raising his arms half-mast and breathing hard, he literally feels his way past the dock.
  • 5) He ordered flags to fly at half-mast and that Hoover's body lie in state in the Capitol.
  • 6) In a letter, Blatter also said that the Wales flag at Fifa headquarters in Zurich was flying at half-mast.
  • 7) 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.
  • 8) 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.
  • 9) ‘A council spokesman said: ‘We will be asking employees to observe the three minutes silence and we will have our flags at half mast as marks of respect.’’
  • 10) ‘At the plant, which remained closed yesterday, two orange TCL flags were flown at half mast, as a mark of respect for the two lives which were lost.’
  • 11) ‘Flags were flying at half mast as a mark of respect for the Duke of Norfolk who died two days ago at the age of 86, the Arundel ground being part of the Duke's estate.’
  • 12) ‘The red and white ballon flag flew at half mast as a mark of respect to the two people who had earlier died in a horror crash.’
  • 13) ‘Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany planned to fly flags at half mast in respect for the dead and missing.’
  • 14) ‘Saith said all flags in T & T would be flown at half mast today as a mark of respect for the burial of the Pope, who died last Saturday after prolonged illness.’
  • 15) ‘Flags flew at half mast at North Marine Road yesterday as a mark of respect for events in America and the teams lined up on the field for a minute's silence before the start.’
  • 16) ‘The college's flag has been at half mast all week, as a mark of respect.’
  • 17) ‘Corus corporate flags at plants across Britain and Europe are flying at half mast as a mark of respect.’
  • 18) ‘The flag at Fulford Gold Club has been flying at half mast as a mark of the club's respect for Mr Duston.’
  • 19) ‘It is also right that flags in the city should be at half mast, as a mark of respect to the dead and their families.’
  • 20) ‘With thousands of Swedes, Norwegians, Danes and Finns feared dead in the tidal wave, New Year's Eve celebrations were muted across the region, and yesterday flags flew at half mast in memory of the victims.’
  • 21) ‘The red carpet laid up the centre aisle, the uniformed presence of guides and brigini, the papal flag at half mast outside made the large congregation fully aware of the significance of this communal tribute.’
  • 22) ‘In India the national flag flew at half mast and all official entertainment was cancelled as the country entered the second day of three days' official state mourning and special masses were held in churches.’
  • 23) ‘The film, though starting with the national flag flying high, ends on a pessimistic note of the flag flying at half mast symbolising the persistence of the struggle of women in various fields.’
  • 24) ‘He also strongly supported the Sailors' Reading Room in his own Southwold and it is appropriate that on the day of his funeral in January that Victorian building flew their own Long Island flag at half mast.’
  • 25) ‘Most Londoners have been in the awkward situation of having to explain to visitors from the US, that the flags aren't at half mast because someone has died, but merely to mourn the loss of our Empire.’
  • 26) ‘As well as the three-minute silence, our flags were held at half mast.’
  • 27) ‘For instance Royal American Mounted Police flags fly at half mast outside police stations over the whole North American Union whenever one officer is killed.’
  • 28) ‘It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast.’
  • 29) ‘it was well into the evening and my tie was at half mast.’

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