Definitions for: Flat


[n] a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
[n] scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
[n] a deflated pneumatic tire
[n] a shallow box in which seedlings are started
[n] freight car without permanent sides or roof
[n] a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
[n] a level tract of land
[adv] wholly or completely; "He is flat broke"
[adv] 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"
[adj] stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; "found himself lying flat on the floor"
[adv] at full length; "he fell flat on his face"
[adv] against a flat surface; "he lay flat on his back"
[adv] below the proper pitch; "she sang flat last night"
[adv] with flat sails; "sail flat against the wind"
[adj] lacking variety in shading; "a flat unshaded painting"
[adj] not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish"
[adj] (of a tire) completely or partially deflated
[adj] having no depth or thickness
[adj] 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"
[adj] having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"
[adj] (photography) lacking contrast or shading between tones
[adj] without pleats
[adj] parallel to the ground; "a flat roof"
[adj] not made with leavening; "most flat breads are made from unleavened dough"
[adj] (music) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "B flat"
[adj] not increasing as the amount taxed increases
[adj] not modified or restricted by reservations; "a categorical denial"; "a flat refusal"
[adj] lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"
[adj] having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
[adj] lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"
[adj] (biology) flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)



Webster (1913) Definition: 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, adv.
1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.

Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. --Herbert.

2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest.
[Broker's Cant]


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.



6. (Mining) A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a
main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not
elsewhere horizontal. --Raymond.

7. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull. [Colloq.]

Or if you can not make a speech, Because you are a
flat. --Holmes.

8. (Mus.) A character [[flat]] before a note, indicating a
tone which is a half step or semitone lower.

9. (Geom.) A homaloid space or extension.


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, 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, 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.

Synonyms: apartment, bland, categoric, categorical, compressed, deflated, directly, dull, even, fixed, flat tire, flatbed, flatcar, flavorless, flavourless, horizontal, insipid, level, mat, matt, matte, matted, multidimensional, noneffervescent, planar, plane, prostrate, regressive, savorless, savourless, straight, tasteless, thin, two-dimensional, unconditional, underdeveloped, unerect, unexciting, unfolded, unleavened, unpleated, unqualified, unraised, unshaded, unstimulating, vapid

Antonyms: contrasty, indirectly, natural, sharp

See Also: apartment building, apartment house, bedsit, bedsitter, bedsitting room, box, champaign, cold-water flat, coulisse, duplex, duplex apartment, efficiency apartment, field, flatlet, freight car, housing, kitchenette, living accommodations, lodging, maisonette, maisonnette, mise en scene, musical notation, penthouse, plain, pneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre, railroad flat, rooms, salt flat, salt plain, scene, scenery, setting, stage setting, studio, studio apartment, suite, teaser, tormenter, tormentor, walk-up, walk-up apartment, wing flat

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