ensign, etc...

Edge away

as, when a ship changes her course, by sailing larger, or more afore the wind than she had done before.


Thw White Ensign flying from the Ensign Staff of one of Her Majesty's warships. 1975

(through the Fr. enseigne from the Latin plural insignia), a distinguishing token, emblem or badge such as symbols of office, or in heraldry, the ornament or sign, such as the crown, coronet or mitre borne above the charge or arms. The word is more particularly used of a military or naval standard or banner. In the British navy, ensign has a specific meaning, and is the name of a flag having a red, white or blue ground, with the Union Jack in the upper corner next the staff.

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