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answering pennant

noun, Nautical
one of the flags of the International Code of Signals, a pennant of three red and two white vertical stripes, flown at the dip while a message is being interpreted and close up when it is understood.
Also called code flag. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There goes her answering pennant; and there she hauls to the wind on the starboard tack.

    The Rover's Secret Harry Collingwood
  • “Run up the answering pennant,” said I to the signal-man, as I turned up the number in the signal-book.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • Her orders were carefully obeyed, and before very long the vessel was near enough for us to distinguish her answering pennant.

  • Hoist cornet; all ships answer by answering pennant; then make signal.

    Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army

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