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Dictionary of Vexillology: F (Falling Diagonal - Finial)
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- FALLING DIAGONAL
- See 'descending diagonal'.
- FALSE COLOURS (or COLORS)
- An ensign displayed by a vessel not entitled to it, and usually (but not invariably)
employed by warships as a ruse de guerre.
Please note that this practice is considered perfectly
acceptable providing the correct ensign is raised before the commencement of hostilities.
- A semi-circular patriotic decoration in bunting of flag design and/or colours
- a swag
(see also bunting 2)).
- A medieval generic term, now obsolete, for any flag, banner or pennant.
Please note the similarity between this term and the
German Fahne or flag.
- 1) A small bicolour used for marking a position in surveying (see also
- 2) A small pennant, usually in the regimental colours, that is used on military
vehicles for marker purposes a convoy flag (see also
- 3) In French military usage, a small flag issued at company (or squadron) level
and originally employed as markers or camp colours, but which have acquired an
additional ceremonial role (see also
camp colour 1) and
camp colour 3))
Please note that usage 2) is a direct descendent
of the flag formerly carried at the head of an army baggage train.
- A term, now obsolete, and the equivalent of a
- A term, now obsolete, for a small flag on a ship (see also
- FEDERAL SERVICE FLAG
- See state flag 1) (also state service flag).
The Federal Service Flag of Germany (fotw)
- A metal tip placed on the bottom of a staff (see also
- See Appendix VI.
- FESS-POINT (or FESSE-POINT)
- See honour point 2).
- FICTIONAL FLAG
- A flag that appears in a work of fiction either visual or written - which may or may not have
physical existence as a flag - but which is (entirely or largely) a product of the authors
imagination (see also fictitious flag below).
- FICTITIOUS FLAG
- A flag or the illustration of a flag - that purports to represent an actual entity or person,
but for which no evidence of any such use by that entity or person exists but see flagoid (also
fictional flag above).
- 1) The whole background or predominant colour of a flag the ground of a
- 2) In heraldry, the surface of a shield upon which charges or bearings are
blazoned, or of each separate coat when the shield is quartered or impaled (see
- FIELD FLAG
- 1) In US military usage, a larger version of a positional flag designed for
hoisting on halyards outdoors under field conditions (see
- 2) In US military usage, a national flag of approximately the same size flown
with the positional field flag.
- 1) Generically on flags, a (relatively) narrow band or line of contrasting
colour separating two areas of similar or differing colour, such as a band, charge
or canton, from its field (see also border).
- 2) Specifically and in heraldry, as above but a narrow band or line of white/silver
(argent) or yellow/gold (or) placed on a shield, banner of arms or flag in accordance
with the rule of tincture (see also
rule of tincture).
- FIN FLASH
- A term for the national colours when painted on the tail fin of largely (but
not exclusively) military aircraft (see also
and national colours 2)).
- A cast or carved ornament (such as a cross, crescent, crown or spearhead)
placed at the top of the flagpole, mast or flag staff above the truck or on the
top of a staff a staff ornament (see also Appendix I,
ferrule, flag pole,
staff 2) and