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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fire-flag (Coleridge) a flash of lightning
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

The lugger now fired a rocket, and sent up a striped flag, the signal of distress.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
They put white flags upon their houses, and fired in the neighbourhood of them.
"With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back" by Edward P. Lowry
Excitedly I placed the flags in 1 2 3 4, and, without waiting for an answer, tore back across the fields to the fire.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
Not a gun was fired on either side until within half-musket shot, when the red flag was hoisted on both ships.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
They had fired on the white flag and disregarded the sacred sign of the red cross.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
A white flag appeared at the door, and the firing ceased.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
They had fired upon his flag of truce.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
You've fired on a flag of truce, after agreeing to receive it!
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
One shot was fired, killing the first lieutenant and some of the crew of the Selma, whose flag was then hauled down.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
Captain A. E. Milner was therefore sent with a white flag to ask that the fire should be stopped.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
The Duke of Orleans has carried the tri-color flag under the enemy's fire.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Stars in flames of fire lighted the foreign flags of welcome to other nations.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
The infamous traitors fire on the Union flag.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Fort Sumter, firing upon, begins the Civil War, 71-72; flag raised upon, 73.
"The Little Book of the Flag" by Eva March Tappan
The pirate captain hauled his flag down three times, but hoisted it again when the fire of the Enterprise ceased.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
South Carolina has fired on the flag at Sumter.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
The white flag was hoisted in an hour after the first shot was fired.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Then Lincoln's death was honored by all flags half-mast and firing one-half-hour guns for twenty-four hours.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott
The men in one of the barns had been warned, but were prevented from firing by the Union Flag which the Secessionists carried.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
There was nothing to do but to strike his flag, and this he did without firing a gun.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various

In poetry:

Let be the night. We'll ride and light in gloom
Camp-fires late.
The holy flag will flash in fume,
And Khan's steel blade…
"On the Field of Kulicovo" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
"She makes me fire a gun," said BAGG;
"And, at a preconcerted word,
Climb up a ladder with a flag,
Like any street performing bird.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Saxon and Norman in one wedded soul
Shook out one flag like fire;
But westward, westward, moved the gleaming goal,
Westward, the vast desire.
"Republic And Motherland" by Alfred Noyes
All afternoon, the guns fired on at random
And threatened soon to set the town aflame.
Then bearing a demand for the surrender,
Beneath a flag of truce, an envoy came.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
At Hald on a sunny day
That shot-torn flag of many a fray
Was waving above our singing,
Soul-fire to our music bringing,
The ardor of that glorious band,
Who died as heroes for our land.
"Song For The Students' Glee Club" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Now that our hero has come back to us
in his white pants and we know his nose
trembling like a flag under fire,
we see the calm cold river is supporting
our forces, the beautiful history.
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara

In news:

Send "Flag pole dedicated at Miller Rural Fire Department" to a friend.
For a fireworks and flags store, a fire ban on the Fourth of July is like a toy store on Christmas that can't sell presents.
Each flag that was brought to the convention center Saturday was folded into a triangle before being placed on fire.
Gusty winds bring red- flag fire warning rain, winds, chance, weather, highs, mph, cloudy, coast, system, warning.
Flags fly at half staff as fellow firefighters mourn Chicago firefighter Walter Patmon Jr, who died of a heart attack after fighting a fire.
Gusty winds bring red-flag fire warning rain, winds, chance, weather, highs, mph, cloudy, coast, system, warning.
The Governor has proclaimed next week as Fire Prevention Week and has also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Sunday.
Red flag fire warning issued for Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties.
Red Flag Warning Continues, Fire Officials on High Alert.
Red Flag warning for high fire danger issued through Saturday.
A red flag warning has been issued until 6 pm Tuesday for parts of Los Angeles County, including local mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley, as wind gusts and dry conditions increase the threat of fire.
Authorities have issued a red flag warning for fire danger in the western two-thirds of the state.
WESTERN OREGON — A Red Flag Warning is in effect for northwest Oregon from the National Weather Service, meaning high fire danger for our area.
My main problem with Nerf blasters of yesteryear has always been the same: they never seem to hold enough ammo to get me through a game of Capture the Flag, and they never fire darts fast enough.
Issaquah is under a regional red flag warning as a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures create explosive fire growth potential.