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Written by Ephraim Chambers   
Thursday, 01 January 1728 09:00
literally denotes the taking a thing down, or bringing it lower.

In this Sense the Word is us'd at Sea ; where, to abase a Flag, is to lower, or take it in, as a Token of Submission and Inferiority. See FLAG.

By an Ordonnance of Philip II. King of Spain, the Captains are peremptorily enjoin'd, rather to perish than abase the Royal Flag.