the position of a flag lowered about halfway down a mast, staff, etc., esp. as a sign of mourning
to fly (a flag) at half-mast
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 verbhalf-mast·ed, half-mast·ing, half-masts
To place (a flag) halfway up a mast or pole.
- The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown when expressing respect for the dead.
- "You have very interesting features," she said, with her eyes at half-mast.