- 1) (v) In heraldry a term for the marshalling (or placing) of two sets of
arms side-by-side on a shield or banner of arms to indicate marriage or alliance
empale (see also coat of arms 2),
dimidiated and entire')
- 2) (v) On flags as above, but the images placed on a flag need not be arms
as defined herein.
Flag of Overassel, Netherlands (fotw)
Flag of The Orkneys, UK (fotw);
NY & NJ Port Authority, US (fotw);
English Naval Jack Royalist - 1643 (CS)
- IMPALE BY DIMIDIATION
- See dimidiated and following note.
- IMPERIAL DRAGON FLAG
- See dragon flag 2).
- A term used to describe when the rays of a star or sun emblem, or a radiating
stripe, are straight-edged see active (also
active and inactive,
star and its following note).
- INCLINED FLY
- A term used when the fly of a flag is cut diagonally so that the upper length
of the flag is greater than its lower length a type largely limited to Central
Europe (see also length 1),
From left: Flag of Jarocin, Poland (fotw); Flag of Pleszew,
Poland (fotw); Flag of Janow, Poland (fotw)
Please note that this is not an established term, but has been introduced by the Editors since no suitable
(or suitably descriptive) alternative could be found.
- See serrated.
- INDIVIDUAL FLAG.
- In U.S. army usage, a flag denoting an officer's rank see
rank flag 1)
(also distinguishing flag 3),
flag of command and
personal flag 4)).
- INDOOR FLAG
- A flag made expressly for display inside a building and sometimes fringed.
It is often made from more costly materials, has embroidered detail, and is fitted
with a sleeve for attachment to a staff a dress flag or flag of ceremony (see
fringe, sleeve 2),
staff 2) and
- The heraldic term for one shield appearing within another (usually at its
centre point), or in the centre of a banner of arms (see also
coat of arms
escutcheon and overall).
Royal Standard 1700 1759, Spain (fotw)
Please note, some heraldic sources propose that this term should also be
used when more than one shield appears within another, but it is suggested that a suitable glossary
or heraldic dictionary should be consulted for further information.
- INGLEFIELD CLIP
- An elongated clip (usually of bronze, but also of a tough synthetic material)
with an eye and double-tapered gap in the beak part, making it easy for two to
be clipped together. The clips, spliced to the ends of halyards, are swivelled
to allow the halyards to move freely. With similar Inglefield clips spliced to
the ends of the hoist lines attached to flags, it allows for rapid and easy hoisting,
especially of signal flags (see also Appendix I and
Please note that these clips were patented in 1890
by Lieut. (later Admiral) Edward Fitzmaurice Inglefield, RN, when serving as a
signals officer in the British Mediterranean Fleet.
- See engrailed.
- INSIGNE (or INSIGNUM)
- An obsolete term for a flag or ensign (see also
- A term for the emblems of rank and distinction sometimes applied in the Middle
Ages to flags of varying sorts, and from which the word ensign probably derives
(see also ensign 5) and
- The term from which ensign-banner was possibly derived.
- INSTITUTIONAL FLAGS (OFFICIAL)
- Those flags that have been officially granted and/or formally approved by
the governing body/directing authority of an institution such as a university,
college, sporting club or other similar entity, and are recorded as such in their
official documentation or proprietary websitewebsite (see also
institutional flags (unofficial) below).
Please note that this category includes only those
flags listed above, and that national, sub-national, personal and corporate flags
as defined separately herein are specifically excluded (see also
sports flag 2),
'personal flag' and
- INSTITUTIONAL FLAGS (UNOFFICIAL)
- Those flags that purport to identify institutions, clubs and other entities,
but which have not been formally approved by the relevant governing body or directing
authority (see institutional flags (official) above).
Please note that it is a wide-spread practice, especially
among North American Universities and sporting clubs worldwide, for faculty members,
student bodies and supporters to display commercially manufactured flags which
differ from those formally approved, and which must, therefore, be designated
as unofficial. It should be noted also, that whilst manufacturers may often have
permission to use registered trade marks and logos of the organization concerned,
this does not give the resulting flags official status (see also
- INSURANCE FLAG
- A term for an early 19th Century flag, now obsolete, showing the insurance number
of ship and usually issued by the appropriate marine insurance company
a number flag.
Please note that this is not an established term, but
has been introduced by the Editors since no contemporary source describing
such flags could be found.
- See conjoined.
- INTERMENT FLAG
- See pall flag.
- INTERNAL PROPORTIONS
- See proportions 2).
- INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNAL FLAGS (or ICS)
- An internationally agreed set of flags of simple design to represent letters
of the Roman alphabet and numeral pennants, that can be hoisted singly or in groups
to convey meanings contained in the International Code of Signals (see also
diver below flag,
flag of distress,
International Code of Signals,
make her number,
quarantine flag and
- INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS (or ICS)
- A code of single and multiple groups of letters with internationally agreed
meanings that can be transmitted by means of signal flags, radio or signal lanterns
(see also complement,
International Code of Signal Flags,
and signal flag).
Please note that the International Code of Signals was first
introduced (as the Commercial Code of Signals) in 1857, and whilst it has gone through
several revisions since that date, was also a further development of the code invented by
Captain Frederick Marryat RN, first published in 1817 (Marryats Code). Please note also
that the ICS is currently published by the International Maritime Organization, and that
all references to the code given in this Dictionary are taken from the 2005 Edition.
- INTERNATIONAL COLOUR (or COLOR) CODE
- That code prescribed by the
Federation Internationale des Associations Vexillogiques
(FIAV) for use by the international vexillogical community, which lists the colours
employed on flags: R = red, Y = yellow, V = green (from vert/verde etc, in the
Romance languages), B = blue, O = orange, P = purple, G = grey, N = black (from
noir/negro), W = white, Au = gold and Ag = silver. Lighter shades are indicated
by a minus sign thus light blue, for example, becomes B-, and darker by a plus
sign thus dark blue becomes B+ (with B++ being a very dark blue).
- INTERNATIONAL FLAG(S)
- 1) The generic term for any flag that is recognized as having international
significance , for more precise definitions however, see 2) below (also
Geneva Convention flag,
safe conduct flag, and
- 2) The flag of an organization which represents the interests of a number
of different countries, as in for example, that of the Organization of American
States, the Association of South East Asian Nations or of OPEC, or that represents
an international non-governmental organization such as the International Olympic
Committee (see also sports flag 3).
- 3) In the plural this term can also applied to a display of the worlds national
flags, such as that which appears outside the United Nations building in New York
(see also national flag).
Please note that the flags of most international
organizations fall into this category, however, the flags of the International
Red Cross and its equivalent organizations are at the same time Geneva Convention
flags, international flags and safe conduct flags.
- INVECTED (INVECKED or INVECQUED)
- (adj) A heraldic term for where a division in the field of a banner of arms or
shield, or the edge of an ordinary, is cut into a series of projecting curves or half
circles strung together - that is with the half-circles facing outward and the points
inward - invecked, envecked, or invecqued
(see also armorial bearings,
banner of arms,
coat of arms,
- 1) On flags a term which may be used when a charge or charges, that are (or that
may be) orientated vertically, are shown as being turned upside down (see also
- 2) In heraldry see reversed 2).
- INVERTED CHEVRON
- See chevron.
- INVERTED PALL
- See pall.
- INVERTED PILE
- See pile.
- IRON CROSS
- The term (and derived from an originally Prussian military decoration)
that describes a distinctly Germanic form of the cross pattee see
cross pattιe (also
Naval Jack 18711918; Vice Admirals Flag, Germany (fotw)
Please note that the above term should only be used when the cross
pattιe being described is black and carries a white or silver border.