To dip a flag that is being carried means to lower it by turning it forward from an upright position to 45° or horizontal. This is done as a sign of respect or deference. It is done by lowering to half-mast and returning to full mast position.

To dip the flag on a merchant vessel passing a naval vessel involves lowering the stern flag (the country flag) to the half-mast position and back to the truck as the vessels pass abeam of each other. The half-mast position in this case being one flag width from the truck as in the case of half mast.

Some jurisdictions have laws that discourage or prohibit the dipping of the national flag; these include the United States (with its non-binding flag code), India, Philippines and South Africa.

Other articles related to "dipping":

Dipping Tobacco
... Dipping tobacco, traditionally referred to as moist snuff, is a type of finely ground or shredded, moistened smokeless tobacco product ... The act of using it is called dipping, packing or more specifically packing a lip, packing a lipper ...
Lizard Complex - Structure
... seen in the ophiolitic rocks are steeply-dipping foliations thought to represent deformation in lithosphere scale shear zones, associated with continental ... the ophiolitic rocks is interpreted to be caused by rotation of initially south-dipping thrust planes due to the dominantly south-dipping post-Variscan extensional faults ...
Dipping Tobacco - Etymology and Terminology
... Dipping tobacco was first popularized and marketed as moist snuff in the 1800s ... Dipping tobacco's Scandinavian roots impart a noticeable legacy on modern American brands such as Copenhagen (the capital city of Denmark) and Skoal (referring to ... Dip" or "dipping tobacco" was first known as such in the 20th century, the phrase referring to the way in which the product is most often essentially dipped ...
Last Chance (Mars)
... At the base of the rock, layers can be seen dipping downward to the right ... The bedding that contains these dipping layers is only one to two centimeters (0.4 to 0.8 inches) thick ... they rarely have sinuous crest lines and never form steep, dipping layers at such a small scale ...

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