FLAT, a. [L. latus, broad; Gr.; Eng. blade.] 1. Having an even surface, without risings or indentures, hills or valleys; as flat land. 2. Horizontal; level; without inclination; as a flat roof; or with a moderate inclination or slope; for we often apply the word to the roof of a house that is not steep, though inclined. 3. Prostrate; lying the whole length on the ground. He fell or lay flat on the ground. 4. Not elevated or erect; fallen. Cease t'admire, and beauty's plumes fall flat. 5. Level with the ground; totally fallen. What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat. 6. In painting, wanting relief or prominence of the figures. 7. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as fruit flat to the taste. 8. Dull; unanimated; frigid; without point or spirit; applied to discourses and compositions. The sermon was very flat. 9. Depressed; spiritless; dejected. I feel - my hopes all flat. 10. Unpleasing; not affording gratification. How flat and insipid are all the pleasures of this life! 11. Peremptory; absolute; positive; downright. He gave the petitioner a flat denial. Thus repulsed, our final hope is flat despair. 12. Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as a flat sound. 13. Low, as the prices of goods; or dull, as sales. FLAT, n. 1. A level or extended plain. In America, it is applied particularly to low ground or meadow that is level, but it denotes any land of even surface and of some extent. 2. A level ground lying at a small depth under the surface of water; a shoal; a shallow; a strand; a sand bank under water. 3. The broad side of a blade. 4. Depression of thought or language. 5. A surface without relief or prominences. 6. In music, a mark of depression in sound. A flat denotes a fall or depression of half a tone. 7. A boat, broad and flat-bottomed. A flat-bottomed boat is constructed for conveying passengers or troops, horses, carriages and baggage. FLAT, v.t. 1. To level; to depress; to lay smooth or even; to make broad and smooth; to flatten. 2. To make vapid or tasteless. 3. To make dull or unanimated. FLAT, v.i. 1. To grow flat; to fall to an even surface. 2. To become insipid, or dull and unanimated.
adj 1: having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams" [syn: flat, level, plane] 2: having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness; "flat computer monitors" 3: not modified or restricted by reservations; "a categorical denial"; "a flat refusal" [syn: categoric, categorical, flat, unconditional] 4: stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; "found himself lying flat on the floor" [syn: flat, prostrate] 5: lacking contrast or shading between tones [ant: contrasty] 6: (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "B flat" [ant: natural, sharp] 7: flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes) [syn: compressed, flat] 8: lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea" [syn: bland, flat, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid] 9: lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke" [syn: bland, flat] 10: having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola" 11: sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's faint monotonous hooting" [syn: flat, monotone, monotonic, monotonous] 12: horizontally level; "a flat roof" 13: lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth; "a film with two-dimensional characters"; "a flat two-dimensional painting" [syn: two-dimensional, 2-dimensional, flat] 14: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, mat, matt, matte, matted] 15: commercially inactive; "flat sales for the month"; "prices remained flat"; "a flat market" n 1: a level tract of land; "the salt flats of Utah" 2: a shallow box in which seedlings are started 3: a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named 4: freight car without permanent sides or roof [syn: flatcar, flatbed, flat] 5: a deflated pneumatic tire [syn: flat, flat tire] 6: scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting 7: a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house [syn: apartment, flat] adv 1: with flat sails; "sail flat against the wind" 2: in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay" [syn: directly, flat, straight] [ant: indirectly]
I. adjective (flatter; flattest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse flatr; akin to Old High German flaz flat, and probably to Greek platys broad — more at placeDate: 14th century 1.a. lying at full length or spread out upon the ground ;prostrateb. utterly ruined or destroyed c. resting with a surface against something 2.a. having a continuous horizontal surface b. being or characterized by a horizontal line or tracing without peaks or depressions <a flat EEG> 3. having a relatively smooth or even surface 4. arranged or laid out so as to be level or even 5.a. having the major surfaces essentially parallel and distinctly greater than the minor surfaces <a flat piece of wood> b.of a shoe heel very low and broad 6.a. clearly unmistakable ;downright<a flat denial> b.(1) not varying ;fixed<a flat rate> (2) having no fraction either lacking or in excess ;exact<in a flat 10 seconds> (3)of a frequency response not varying significantly throughout its range 7.a. lacking in animation, zest, or vigor ;dull<life seemed flat without her> b. lacking flavor ;tastelessc. lacking effervescence or sparkle <flat ginger ale> d. commercially inactive; also characterized by no significant rise or decline from one period to another <sales were flat> e.of a tire lacking air ; deflated f.chiefly British, of a batterydead 3c, discharged 8.a.(1)of a tone lowered a half step in pitch (2) lower than the proper pitch b.of the vowel a pronounced as in bad or bat9.a. having a low trajectory b.of a tennis stroke made so as to give little or no spin to the ball 10.of a sailtaut11.a. uniform in hue or shade b. having little or no illusion of depth c.of a photograph or negative lacking contrast d.of lighting conditions lacking shadows or contours e. free from gloss <a flat paint> f.two-dimensional 3 <flat characters> 12. of, relating to, or used in competition on the flat <a flat horse> 13.of a universe having a mass such that expansion halts only after infinite time and collapse never occurs Synonyms:seelevel, insipid • flatlyadverb • flatnessnoun • flattishadjectiveII. nounDate: 14th century 1.a. a level surface of land — usually used in plural <sagebrush flats> <tidal flats> b. a stretch of land without obstacles; especially a track or course for a flat race — usually used with the<has won twice on the flat> 2. a flat part or surface <the flat of one's hand> 3.a. a musical note or tone one half step lower than a specified note or tone b. a character ? on a line or space of the musical staff indicating a half step drop in pitch 4. something flat: as a. a shallow container for shipping produce b. a shallow box in which seedlings are started c. a flat piece of theatrical scenery d. a shoe or slipper having a flat heel or no heel 5.chiefly British an apartment on one floor 6. a deflated tire 7. the area to either side of an offensive football formation III. adverbDate: 1531 1. in a flat manner ;directly, positively 2. in a complete manner ;absolutely<flat broke> 3. below the proper musical pitch 4. without interest charge; especially without allowance or charge for accrued interest <bonds sold flat> IV. verb (flatted; flatting) Date: circa 1604 transitive verb1.flatten2. to lower in pitch especially by a half step intransitive verb to sing or play below the true pitch
1. adj., adv., n., & v. --adj. (flatter, flattest) 1 a horizontally level (a flat roof). b even; smooth; unbroken; without projection or indentation (a flat stomach). c with a level surface and little depth; shallow (a flat cap; a flat heel). 2 unqualified; plain; downright (a flat refusal; a flat denial). 3 a dull; lifeless; monotonous (spoke in a flat tone). b without energy; dejected. 4 (of a fizzy drink) having lost its effervescence. 5 (of an accumulator, a battery, etc.) having exhausted its charge. 6 Mus. a below true or normal pitch (the violins are flat). b (of a key) having a flat or flats in the signature. c (as B, E , etc. flat) a semitone lower than B, E, etc. 7 Photog. lacking contrast. 8 a (of paint etc.) not glossy; matt. b (of a tint) uniform. 9 (of a tyre) punctured; deflated. 10 (of a market, prices, etc.) inactive; sluggish. 11 of or relating to flat-racing. --adv. 1 lying at full length; spread out, esp. on another surface (lay flat on the floor; the ladder was flat against the wall). 2 colloq. a completely, absolutely (turned it down flat; flat broke). b exactly (in five minutes flat). 3 Mus. below the true or normal pitch (always sings flat). --n. 1 the flat part of anything; something flat (the flat of the hand). 2 level ground, esp. a plain or swamp. 3 Mus. a a note lowered a semitone below natural pitch. b the sign (!!!) indicating this. 4 (as the flat) Brit. a flat racing. b the flat racing season. 5 Theatr. a flat section of scenery mounted on a frame. 6 esp. US colloq. a flat tyre. 7 sl. a foolish person. --v.tr. (flatted, flatting) 1 make flat, flatten (esp. in technical use). 2 US Mus. make (a note) flat. Phrases and idioms: fall flat fail to live up to expectations; not win applause. flat arch Archit. an arch with a flat lower or inner curve. flat (or flat-bottomed) boat a boat with a flat bottom for transport in shallow water. flat-fish any marine fish of various families having an asymmetric appearance with both eyes on one side of a flattened body, including sole, turbot, plaice, etc. flat foot a foot with a less than normal arch. flat-four (of an engine) having four cylinders all horizontal, two on each side of the crankshaft. flat-head 1 any marine fish of the family Platycephalidae, having a flattened body with both eyes on the top side. 2 sl. a foolish person. flat-iron hist. an iron heated externally and used for pressing clothes etc. flat out 1 at top speed. 2 using all one's strength, energy, or resources. flat race a horse race over level ground, as opposed to a steeplechase or hurdles. flat-racing the racing of horses in flat races. flat rate a rate that is the same in all cases, not proportional. flat spin 1 Aeron. a nearly horizontal spin. 2 colloq. a state of agitation or panic. flat-top 1 US Aeron. sl. an aircraft-carrier. 2 sl. a man's short flat haircut. that's flat colloq. let there be no doubt about it. Derivatives: flatly adv. flatness n. flattish adj. Etymology: ME f. ON flatr f. Gmc 2. n. & v. --n. a set of rooms, usu. on one floor, used as a residence. --v.intr. (flatted, flatting) (often foll. by with) Austral. share a flat with. Derivatives: flatlet n. Etymology: alt. f. obs. flet floor, dwelling f. Gmc (as FLAT(1))
Flat Flat, a. 1. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft; -- said of a club. 2. (Gram.) Not having an inflectional ending or sign, as a noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb, without the addition of a formative suffix, or an infinitive without the sign to. Many flat adverbs, as in run fast, buy cheap, are from AS. adverbs in -["e], the loss of this ending having made them like the adjectives. Some having forms in ly, such as exceeding, wonderful, true, are now archaic. 3. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain fruits.
Flat Flat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Flatting.] 1. To make flat; to flatten; to level. 2. To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress. Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted. --Barrow. 3. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone.
Flat Flat, v. i. 1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface. --Sir W. Temple. 2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch. To flat out, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.]
Flat Flat, a. [Compar. Flatter; superl. Flattest.] [Akin to Icel. flatr, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, OHG. flaz, and AS. flet floor, G. fl["o]tz stratum, layer.] 1. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without inclination; plane. Though sun and moon Were in the flat sea sunk. --Milton. 2. Lying at full length, or spread out, upon the ground; level with the ground or earth; prostrate; as, to lie flat on the ground; hence, fallen; laid low; ruined; destroyed. What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat! --Milton. I feel . . . my hopes all flat. --Milton. 3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest. A large part of the work is, to me, very flat. --Coleridge. 4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste. 5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition. How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world. --Shak. 6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat. 7. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright. Flat burglary as ever was committed. --Shak. A great tobacco taker too, -- that's flat. --Marston. 8. (Mus.) (a) Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A flat. (b) Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound. 9. (Phonetics) Sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant (or sharp) consonant. Flat arch. (Arch.) See under Arch, n., 2. (b). Flat cap, cap paper, not folded. See under Paper. Flat chasing, in fine art metal working, a mode of ornamenting silverware, etc., producing figures by dots and lines made with a punching tool. --Knight. Flat chisel, a sculptor's chisel for smoothing. Flat file, a file wider than its thickness, and of rectangular section. See File. Flat nail, a small, sharp-pointed, wrought nail, with a flat, thin head, larger than a tack. --Knight. Flat paper, paper which has not been folded. Flat rail, a railroad rail consisting of a simple flat bar spiked to a longitudinal sleeper. Flat rods (Mining), horizontal or inclined connecting rods, for transmitting motion to pump rods at a distance. --Raymond. Flat rope, a rope made by plaiting instead of twisting; gasket; sennit. Note: Some flat hoisting ropes, as for mining shafts, are made by sewing together a number of ropes, making a wide, flat band. --Knight. Flat space. (Geom.) See Euclidian space. Flat stitch, the process of wood engraving. [Obs.] -- Flat tint (Painting), a coat of water color of one uniform shade. To fall flat (Fig.), to produce no effect; to fail in the intended effect; as, his speech fell flat. Of all who fell by saber or by shot, Not one fell half so flat as Walter Scott. --Lord Erskine.
Flat Flat, n. 1. A level surface, without elevation, relief, or prominences; an extended plain; specifically, in the United States, a level tract along the along the banks of a river; as, the Mohawk Flats. Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat. --Bacon. 2. A level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water, or alternately covered and left bare by the tide; a shoal; a shallow; a strand. Half my power, this night Passing these flats, are taken by the tide. --Shak. 3. Something broad and flat in form; as: (a) A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught. (b) A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned. (c) (Railroad Mach.) A car without a roof, the body of which is a platform without sides; a platform car. (d) A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs, etc., are carried in processions. 4. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of a blade, as distinguished from its edge. 5. (Arch.) A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially, a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in itself.
(flats, flatter, flattest)Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor and part of a larger building. A flat usually includes a kitchen and bathroom. (mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use apartment) Sara lives with her husband and children in a flat in central London...It started a fire in a block of flats...Later on, Victor from flat 10 called.= apartment N-COUNT: also N num 2. Something that is flat is level, smooth, or even, rather than sloping, curved, or uneven. Tiles can be fixed to any surface as long as it's flat, firm and dry...After a moment his right hand moved across the cloth, smoothing it flat...The sea was calm, perfectly flat.ADJ 3. Flat means horizontal and not upright. Two men near him threw themselves flat...As heartburn is usually worse when you're lying down in bed, you should avoid lying flat.ADJ: ADJ n, v-link ADJ, ADJ after v 4. A flat object is not very tall or deep in relation to its length and width. Ellen is walking down the drive with a square flat box balanced on one hand.= shallow ADJ: usu ADJ n 5. Flat land is level, with no high hills or other raised parts. To the north lie the flat and fertile farmlands of the Solway plain...The landscape became wider, flatter and very scenic...ADJ: ADJ n, v-link ADJ, ADJ after v 6. A low flat area of uncultivated land, especially an area where the ground is soft and wet, can be referred to as flats or a flat. The salt marshes and mud flats attract large numbers of waterfowl.N-COUNT: usu pl, usu n N 7. You can refer to one of the broad flat surfaces of an object as the flat of that object. He slammed the counter with the flat of his hand....eight cloves of garlic crushed with the flat of a knife.N-COUNT: usu sing, the N of n 8. Flat shoes have no heels or very low heels. People wear slacks, sweaters, flat shoes, and all manner of casual attire for travel.ADJ: usu ADJ n • Flats are flat shoes. (AM) His mother looked ten years younger in jeans and flats.N-PLURAL 9. A flat tyre, ball, or balloon does not have enough air in it. ADJ 10. A flat is a tyre that does not have enough air in it. Then, after I finally got back on the highway, I developed a flat.N-COUNT 11. A drink that is flat is no longer fizzy. Could this really stop the champagne from going flat?? fizzy ADJ 12. A flat battery has lost some or all of its electrical charge. (mainly BRIT; in AM, use dead) His car alarm had been going off for two days and, as a result, the battery was flat.ADJ 13. If you have flat feet, the arches of your feet are too low. The condition of flat feet runs in families.ADJ 14. A flat denial or refusal is definite and firm, and is unlikely to be changed. The Foreign Ministry has issued a flat denial of any involvement...ADJ: ADJ n • flatlyHe flatly refused to discuss it...ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj 15. If you say that something happened, for example, in ten seconds flat or ten minutes flat, you are emphasizing that it happened surprisingly quickly and only took ten seconds or ten minutes. You're sitting behind an engine that'll move you from 0 to 60mph in six seconds flat...ADJ: num n ADJ [emphasis] 16. A flat rate, price, or percentage is one that is fixed and which applies in every situation. Fees are charged at a flat rate, rather than on a percentage basis...Sometimes there's a flat fee for carrying out a particular task...= fixed ? variable ADJ: ADJ n 17. If trade or business is flat, it is slow and inactive, rather than busy and improving or increasing. During the first eight months of this year, sales of big pickups were up 14% while car sales stayed flat...= sluggish ADJ 18. If you describe something as flat, you mean that it is dull and not exciting or interesting. The past few days have seemed comparatively flat and empty...ADJ 19. You use flat to describe someone's voice when they are saying something without expressing any emotion. 'Whatever you say,' he said in a deadly flat voice. 'I'll sit here and wait.'...Her voice was flat, with no question or hope in it.ADJ • flatlyI know you,' he said flatly, matter-of-fact, neutral in tone.ADV: ADV after v 20. Flat is used after a letter representing a musical note to show that the note should be played or sung half a tone lower than the note which otherwise matches that letter. Flat is often represented by the symbol ? after the letter. ...Schubert's B flat Piano Trio (Opus 99).? sharp ADJ: n ADJ 21. If someone sings flat or if a musical instrument is flat, their singing or the instrument is slightly lower in pitch than it should be. Her vocal range was, to say the least of it, limited, and she had a distressing tendency to sing flat.ADV: ADV after v • Flat is also an adjective. He had been fired because his singing was flat.ADJ 22. If you say that something is as flat as a pancake, you are emphasizing that it is completely flat. My home state of Illinois is flat as a pancake...PHRASE: v-link PHR [emphasis] 23. If you fall flat on your face, you fall over. A man walked in off the street and fell flat on his face, unconscious.PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR on n 24. If an event or attempt falls flat or falls flat on its face, it is unsuccessful. Liz meant it as a joke but it fell flat...If it wasn't for the main actress, Ellen Barkin, the plot would have fallen flat on its face.= fail PHRASE: V inflects 25. If you say that you are flat broke, you mean that you have no money at all. (INFORMAL) Two years later he is flat broke and on the dole.= skint PHRASE: v-link PHR [emphasis] 26. If you do something flat out, you do it as fast or as hard as you can. Everyone is working flat out to try to trap those responsible...They hurtled across the line in a flat-out sprint.PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n 27. You use flat out to emphasize that something is completely the case. (mainly AM INFORMAL) That allegation is a flat-out lie...PHRASE: PHR n/adj, PHR with v [emphasis] 28. On the flat means on level ground. He had angina and was unable to walk for more than 200 yards on the flat.PHRASE 29. in a flat spin: seespin