- (adv) A heraldic term for when the main ordinary on a shield, banner of
arms or flag is placed in a lower position than is usual - lowered (see also
banner of arms, enhanced and
From left: Examples (4); Flag and arms of Olszyna, Poland (Jarig Bakker)
- See in abeyance.
Former First Class Commodores Broad Pennant, UK (fotw)
- 1) In vexillology a term used when a charge (or charges) is (or are) placed on top of, or immediately above
another but see above 2) and surmounted by 1) (also
2) In heraldry, see ensigned.
National Flag of Zambia (fotw); National Flag of
National Arms of Croatia (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Jersey (fotw)
- ABSENCE PENNANT (or ABSENTEE PENNANT)
- 1) In widespread naval usage, one of four pennants (the first to the fourth
substitute in the NATO Code of Signals) displayed (from the port or starboard yardarm) in
port when the commanding officer of a ship
or the flag officer or civil official whose flag has been flying in that ship is temporarily
absent from the vessel (see also
'international code of signal flags,
international code of signals and
- 2) See owner absent flag.
From left: First Substitute (Flag Officer Absent),
Second Substitute (Chief of Staff Absent), Third Substitute (Captain Absent),
Fourth Substitute (Civil/Military Official Absent)
- See gorged.
Flag of Elgg, Switzerland
- See attired.
Flag and Arms of Blνejov, Czech Republic (fotw); Flag of
Gδvleborg, Sweden (fotw)
- A term sometimes used by textile experts involved in fabric conservation,
and describes the soiling, mildew damage or other defects that occur on the surface
of a flag.
- ACHIEVEMENT (OF ARMS)
- 1) See armorial bearings.
- 2) All the armorial bearings of a deceased person as displayed at that persons
funeral a funeral achievement or hatchment (see also
coat of arms,
Achievement of Arms/Armorial Bearings of The Bahamas
and of Guyana (fotw); Achievement of Arms/Armorial Bearings of the Late Sir Winston Churchill, UK
Please note with regard to 2) that if all the armorial bearings of a deceased person are displayed on a
flag they become a great banner, or if less than all a bannerole, both as referenced above.
- The French for colourless but see monochrome 1).
Achromatic Illustration of 1993 (Tomislav Todorovic)
- ACTION PENNANT
- See paying off pennant.
- In vexillology a term that may be used to describe when the rays
of a star or sun emblem, or a radiating stripe, are shown with undulating or wavy curves see
active and inactive below and
star and its following note,
sun emblem and
Flag of Kyrgyzstan (fotw);
Unofficial Flag of Guadeloupe (fotw);
Flag of Pernambuco, Brazil (fotw)
- ACTIVE AND INACTIVE
- In vexillology a term that may be used to describe when the rays of a star or sun
emblem are shown with alternating wavy and straight rays but see
(also active above,
star and its following note,
sun emblem and
The Sun and Star of May, with the National Flags of
Argentina and Uruguay (fotw)
- ADDITION(S) OF HONOUR (or HONOR)
- See augmentation of honour.
Arms and Government Ensign of Malta 1943 - 1964
- 1) See appendix V.
- 2) The heraldic term also used when two charges are turned outwards - endorsed (see also
Flag and Arms of Turośń Kościelna, Poland (Jarig Bakker);
Flag of Sugnens, Switzerland (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Kolov, Czech Republic (fotw);
Flag of Dorneck, Switzerland (fotw)
- ADDRESS GROUP
- In US naval usage and in some others, the group of signal flags displayed by a vessel with
a flag officer or unit commander embarked, and flown (together with a call sign hoist) when
entering or leaving harbour - see
call sign hoist
(also signal flag and
Address Group of the Commander, Second Fleet, US (Sea Flags)
- ADMIRAL'S FLAG
- See flag of command 1).
Command Flags of an Admiral, Vice-Admiral, and Rear-Admiral, Austria-Hungary 1894 1915 (fotw)
- ADMIRALTY CROWN
- An alternative British term for the naval crown - see naval crown.
Flag of the Sea Scouts, UK (fotw)
- ADMIRALTY FLAG
- 1) Specifically in UK usage see anchor flag and its following note
(also fouled anchor).
2) Generically the flag, usually (but not exclusively) flown ashore, which represents a maritime authority
(see also state ensign 2)).
Flag of the Admiralty Board, UK; Flag of the
Admiralty, Brazil (fotw); Flag of the Admiralty;
Flag of the Admiralty 1710 1802, Russia (fotw)
- ADMIRALTY WARRANT
- See warrant and its following note.
Ensign and Burgee of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club, UK (fotw)
- ADMIRAL WITHOUT DISTINCTION OF COLOUR
- 1) See yellow admiral.
- 1) See garnished.
2) The heraldic term that may be used in place of garnished when a hat, or other
item of clothing is decorated in a different tincture (see also tincture
Flag of The Isle of Man, UK (fotw); Flag of St Blaise, Switzerland (fotw);
Flag of Bargen, Switzerland (fotw)
- ADVANCE THE COLOUR/COLOURS (or COLOR/COLORS)
- (v) A military term originally for moving a flag forward towards an enemy,
and now used on ceremonial occasions as a command to parade the colour(s) forward
(see also colour 2),
colours 2), and
- ADVENT CROSS
- See cross tau in appendix VIII.
Flag of St. Antφnien, Switzerland (fotw)
- ADVERTISING BANNER
- See banner 4).
- ADVERTISING PULLDOWN (or PULL-DOWN)
- See pulldown.