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EN'SIGN, n. en'sine. [L. insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.]

1. The flag or banner of a military band; a banner of colors; a standard; a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop or other band.

2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice.

He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Is.5.

Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Is.30.

3. A badge; a mark of distinction, rank or office; as ensigns of power or virtue.

4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry.

5. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship; used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy.



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EN'SIGN, n. en'sine. [L. insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.]

1. The flag or banner of a military band; a banner of colors; a standard; a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop or other band.

2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice.

He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Is.5.

Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Is.30.

3. A badge; a mark of distinction, rank or office; as ensigns of power or virtue.

4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry.

5. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship; used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy.

EN'SIGN, n. [ensine; Fr. enseigne; L. insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.]

  1. The flag or banner of a military band; a banner of colors; a standard; a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop, or other band.
  2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice. He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Is. v. Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Is. xxx.
  3. A badge; a mark of distinction, rank or office; as, ensigns of power or virtue. Waller. Dryden.
  4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry.
  5. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship; used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different squadrons of the same navy. Mar. Dict.

En"sign
  1. A flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; -- as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private signals, and the like.

    Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still. Shak.

  2. To designate as by an ensign.

    [Obs.]

    Henry but joined the roses that ensigned
    Particular families.
    B. Jonson.

  3. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.

    He will lift an ensign to the nations from far. Is. v. 26.

  4. To distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.
  5. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.

    The ensigns of our power about we bear. Waller.

  6. Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.

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Ensign

EN'SIGN, noun en'sine. [Latin insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.]

1. The flag or banner of a military band; a banner of colors; a standard; a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop or other band.

2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice.

He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Isaiah 5:26.

Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Isaiah 30:17.

3. A badge; a mark of distinction, rank or office; as ensigns of power or virtue.

4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry.

5. Naval ensign is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship; used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different squadrons of the same navy.

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