Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Sag \Sag\ (s[a^]g), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Sagging.] [Akin to Sw. sacka to settle, sink down, LG. sacken, D. zakken. Cf. Sink, v. i.]
To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane; as, a line or cable supported by its ends sags, though tightly drawn; the floor of a room sags; hence, to lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position; as, a building may sag one way or another; a door sags on its hinges.
Fig.: To lose firmness or elasticity; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced. [R.]
The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear, Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.
To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
To sag to leeward (Naut.), to make much leeway by reason of the wind, sea, or current; to drift to leeward; -- said of a vessel.
Sag \Sag\, v. t. To cause to bend or give way; to load.
Sag \Sag\, n. State of sinking or bending; sagging.
'''Šag ''' is a village in Croatia. It is connected by the D34 highway.
In geology a sag, or trough, is a depressed, persistent, low area; the opposite of an arch, or ridge, a raised, persistent, high area. The terms sag and arch were used historically to describe very large features, for example, characterizing North America as two arches with a sag between them.
Also, a sag is a former river bed which has been partially filled with debris from glaciation or other natural processes but which is still visible in the surface terrain. Sags formed by the former river beds of large rivers often become the valleys of smaller streams after a change of course by the main river.
Examples of sags include the former continuations of the Grand, Moreau and White rivers in South Dakota in the United States. Before the last ice age these rivers continued eastward past their current confluences with the present course of Missouri River. The sags are prominently visible on the plateau of the Coteau du Missouri, allowing small streams to drain into the Missouri from its eastern side.
Etymology 1 n. 1 The state of sinking or bending; sagging. 2 The difference in elevation of a wire, cable, chain or rope suspended between two consecutive points. 3 The difference height or depth between the vertex and the rim of a curved surface, specifically used for optical elements such as a mirror or lens. vb. 1 To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane. 2 (cx by extension English) To lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position. 3 (context figuratively English) To lose firmness, elasticity, vigor, or a thrive state; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced. 4 To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily. 5 (context transitive English) To cause to bend or give way; to load. 6 (context informal English) To wear one's trousers so that their top is well below the waist. Etymology 2
n. (alternative form of saag English)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., possibly from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse sokkva "to sink," or from Middle Low German sacken "to settle, sink" (as dregs in wine), from denasalized derivative of Proto-Germanic base *senkwanan "to sink" (see sink (v.)). A general North Sea Germanic word (compare Dutch zakken, Swedish sacka, Danish sakke). Of body parts from 1560s; of clothes from 1590s. Related: Sagged; sagging.
1580s, in nautical use, from sag (v.). From 1727 of landforms; 1861 of wires, cables, etc.
Usage examples of "sag".
Reaching the rail, he sagged over it and vomited up his supper, dimly aware that Alec was at his side.
But Gobi Aloo Sag is yellow, so I put red food coloring into it before I eat it.
And I make myself some Gobi Aloo Sag with red food coloring in it and some strawberry milk shake for a drink, and then I watch a video about the solar system and I play some computer games and I go to bed.
She had a little heat rash underneath the sag of those bazooms and would have benefited from some powder.
But when I look into a glass, I see there an aged stranger, sapped and sagged and blemished and enfeebled by the corroding rusts of five and sixty years.
Mister Bredford manages the part of young Randal with enough brio and costume changes to bolster a sagging career, plunging into the early battle scenes with commendable bloodthirsty zeal, and handling himself convincingly enough in those steamily explicit sexual encounters where all eyes are, in any event, on the voluptuous attributes of the tempestuous daughter of the neighboring plantation, played with an abandon obscuring any notions of her own acting ability by the stunning Nordic-Eurasian discovery Anga Frika in her first American starring role, had enough?
The cayote is a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton, with a gray wolf-skin stretched over it, a tolerably bushy tail that forever sags down with a despairing expression of forsakenness and misery, a furtive and evil eye, and a long, sharp face, with slightly lifted lip and exposed teeth.
She says, long ago, members of the Cecropia Federation interested in Builder artifacts did a complete survey of all knowledge of the Sag Arm relating to possible Builder activity there.
They sagged and bowed, water breaching them in gouts and diluting the riverbed, eddying around the feet of the few remaining strikers, coiling like the gas above it, until with a shiver the Gross Tar reknit itself, healing the little rift that had paralysed it and confused its currents.
Quailing as The Shadow advanced, Cokey sagged against the door, the gun muzzle nearly pressing squarely between his eyes.
As Kate stood in front of the cott ge, her shoulders sagged in disappointment.
The black-cloaked form was sagging, like others that the dacoit had handled.
From where he sat, Dave could see Fleech tremble and sag in the supporting hands of the gloating men who gripped him.
The vibrations stopped and the man sagged back against the wall, gaunter and yellower and streaming with sweat.
Her round, slightly goitrous face was sagging with self-pity, her semi-circular eyebrows drooping theatrically.