Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[Akin to Sw.
sackato settle, sink down, LG.
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; hence, to lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position;
sags, though tightly drawn; the floor of a room
as, a building may.
sagone way or another; a door
sagson 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.
The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear,
sagwith doubt nor shake with fear.
To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
To sag to leeward
to make much leeway by reason of the wind, sea, or current; to drift to leeward; – said of a vessel.
To cause to bend or give way; to load.
State of sinking or bending; sagging.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To yield; to give way; to lean or incline from an upright position, or to bend from a horizontal position. Our workmen say, a building sags to the north or south; or a beam sags by means of its weight.
2.In sailing, to incline to the leeward; to make lee way.