Pronunciation Noun


  1. The state of sinking or bending; a droop.
  2. The difference in elevation of a wire, cable, chain or rope suspended between two consecutive points.
  3. The difference in height or depth between the vertex and the rim of a curved surface, specifically used for optical elements such as a mirror or lens.
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sag (sags, present participle sagging; past and past participle sagged)

  1. To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane.
    A line or cable supported by its ends sags, even if it is tightly drawn.
    The floor of a room sags.
  2. (by extension) To lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position.
    A building may sag one way or another.
    The door sags on its hinges.
  3. (figuratively) To lose firmness, elasticity, vigor, or a thriving 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.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear, / Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.
  4. To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
  5. (transitive) To cause to bend or give way; to load.
  6. (informal) To wear one's trousers so that their top is well below the waist.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: inclinarsi
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  • Italian: indossare pantaloni a vita bassa, indossare pantaloni penzolanti

sag (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of saag
    • 2003, Charles Campion, The Rough Guide to London Restaurants (page 173)
      The dal tarka (£5) is made from whole yellow split peas, while sag aloo (£5) brings potatoes in a rich and oily spinach puree.

Proper noun
  1. Acronym of Screen Actors Guild
  2. (on a letter), Saint Anthony Guard (or Guide).

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