Definitions of flat

  1. a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
  2. lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; " a bland little drama"; " a flat joke"
  3. lacking taste or flavor or tang; " a bland diet"; " insipid hospital food"; " flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; " vapid beer"; " vapid tea"
  4. not increasing as the amount taxed increases
  5. scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
  6. a deflated pneumatic tire
  7. a shallow box in which seedlings are started
  8. a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
  9. a level tract of land
  10. wholly or completely; " He is flat broke"
  11. at full length; " he fell flat on his face"
  12. below the proper pitch; " she sang flat last night"
  13. having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; " a flat desk"; " acres of level farmland"; " a plane surface"
  14. not reflecting light; not glossy; " flat wall paint"; " a photograph with a matte finish"
  15. stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; " found himself lying flat on the floor"
  16. 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"
  17. without pleats
  18. not made with leavening; " most flat breads are made from unleavened dough"
  19. lacking variety in shading; " a flat unshaded painting"
  20. ( of a tire) completely or partially deflated
  21. having no depth or thickness
  22. lacking contrast or shading between tones
  23. parallel to the ground; " a flat roof"
  24. lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; " B flat"
  25. having lost effervescence; " flat beer"; " a flat cola"
  26. flattened laterally along the whole length ( e. g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
  27. against a flat surface; " he lay flat on his back"
  28. with flat sails; " sail flat against the wind"
  29. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without inclination; plane.
  30. 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.
  31. Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest.
  32. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste.
  33. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
  34. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
  35. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright.
  36. Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A flat.
  37. Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.
  38. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.
  39. Without allowance for accrued interest.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. Something broad and flat in form
  43. A flat- bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught.
  44. A straw hat, broad- brimmed and low- crowned.
  45. A car without a roof, the body of which is a platform without sides; a platform car.
  46. A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs, etc., are carried in processions.
  47. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of a blade, as distinguished from its edge.
  48. A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially, a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in itself.
  49. A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal.
  50. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull.
  51. A homaloid space or extension.
  52. To make flat; to flatten; to level.
  53. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone.
  54. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface.
  55. To fall form the pitch.
  56. 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.
  57. Flatness.
  58. Sonant; vocal; - applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant ( or sharp) consonant.
  59. A character [] before a note, indicating a tone which is a half step or semitone lower.
  60. Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft; - said of a club.
  61. Flattening at the ends; - said of certain fruits.
  62. Level; even; smooth; horizontal; insipid; as, a flat taste; positive; downright; low; said of prices; dull; said of sales; without interest; sounded below the true pitch.
  63. A level or extended plain; a shallow; shoal; story or floor of a house; the broad or plane part of a thing, as of a sword; surface without relief or prominence; a musical sign which lowers the succeeding note half a tone; the tone so lowered.
  64. In a level or prostrate position; exactly; used of amounts, etc.; as, he ran the race in three minutes flat.
  65. Flatly.
  66. Having an even and horizontal, or nearly horizontal surface, without elevations or depressions, hills or valleys; level without inclination; as, flat land, a flat roof; prostrate; lying the whole length on the ground; level with the ground; fallen; laid low; ruined; in the fine arts, wanting relief or prominence of the figures; tasteless; state; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit flat to the taste; dull; unanimated; frigid; without point or spirit; that can give no relish or interese; brought to an end; brought to nought; caused to collapse; ruined; not relieved, broken, or softened; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright; as, he gave the petitioner a flat denial; in music, below the natural or the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, indicating a note half a tone below its natural; minor; a flat fifth is an interval of a fifth diminished by a flat; not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound; in gram. applied to one of that division of consonants, in the enunciation of which voice ( in contradistinction to breath) is heard- opposed to sharp; as, b, d, g, z, v; lacking briskness of commercial exchange or dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market was very flat.
  67. A surface without relief or prominences; a level or extended plain; a low tract of land; a level ground lying at a small depth under the surface of water; a shoal; a shallow; a strand; a sandbank under water; something broad and flat in form; as, ( a) a broad, flat- bottomed boat without a keel, generally used in river navigation; ( b) a broad- brimmed, low- crowned straw hat; ( c) a railway car without a roof; the flat part or side of anything; as, the upper extended surface of the hand, the broad side of a sword or knife, and the like; in music, a mark of depression in sound, marked thus, and used to lower or depress, by the degree of a semitone, any note in the natural scale; an accidental flat is one which does not occurin the signature, and which affects only the bar in which it is placed; a double flat depresses a note two semitones below its natural pitch; in arch. that part of the covering of a house laid horizontal, and covered with lead or other material; a story or floor of a building, especially when fitted up for a single family; a foolish fellow; a simpleton; one who is easily duped; a gull; in ship- building, one of the timbers in midships; in theatres, one of the halves of such scenes or parts of scenes as are formed by two equal portions pushed from the sides of the stage and meeting in the centre.
  68. To level; to lay smooth or even; to make broad and smooth; to flatten; to make vapid or tasteless; to make dull or unanimated; to depress; in music, to reduce below the true pitch, as a note, by depressing it half a tone.
  69. To grow flat; to fall to an even surface; to become insipid, or dull and unanimated; in music, to depress the voice; to render a sound less sharp; to fall below the true pitch.
  70. Positive; absolute.
  71. A level expanse; story of a house; in mus., a note lowered a semitone; the sign ( b) indicating this depression.
  72. Level; monotonous; dull; spiritless; positive; in mus., lowered a semitone.
  73. To lower; flatten.
  74. Level; prostrate.
  75. Monotonous; dull.
  76. Below pitch.
  77. A level; low land washed by the tide; shoal.
  78. Anything that is flat; the flat side of a thing.
  79. A tone a half step lower than a tone from which it is named, represented by the character b.
  80. A set of rooms on one floor; apartment.
  81. In a level position; so as to be flat; flatly.
  82. Having an even surface; level; without, or with but a moderate, inclination; prostrate; laid low; ruined; wanting relief or prominence of the figures; insipid; dull; without point or spirit; depressed; dejected; unpleasing; peremptory; absolute; not sharp; low, as the prices of goods, or dull, as sales.
  83. A level plain; a tract lying at a small depth under water; a shoal or shallow; the broad flat side of anything; depression of thought or language; a boat, broad and flat- bottomed; a hat made of straw braid with a low crown and broad brim; one who is easily duped; a mark of depression in sound, thus which lowers a note a semitone; that part of the covering of a house which is laid horizontally and usually covered with lead or other material; in building, a floor in a house.
  84. To flatten; to make vapid or tasteless; to make dull or unammated; to depress.
  85. To grow flat; to become insipid or dull; to depress the voice.
  86. A level or extended plain; a shoal or shallow; an even surface; a story or floor of a house; a sign in music which lowers the following note half a tone.

Usage examples for flat

  1. Then we need not expect another- in the flat just yet? – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  2. The thought of the funeral in the early evening in the flat below ours, and Jim's innocent inquiry concerning it, had flashed upon me. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  3. In the afternoon Olivia went to London and drove from Paddington to Grey's flat. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  4. This is knowing not only that the earth is round, but knowing exactly where it is flat. – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  5. What could be more natural than for Angela to take a flat in town and Conlan to live here? – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  6. I came down on him flat. – Read-Aloud Plays by Horace Holley
  7. We called for Mr. Wymans and drove on to Mrs. Delaporte's flat. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. And I can do anything; that's flat! – Redemption and Two Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
  9. There was a flat tone in Miriam's voice. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  10. So they all bent over flat on the hay, while Prince and Daisy drew them safely into the big barn. – Bobby of Cloverfield Farm by Helen Fuller Orton
  11. She at least got a good breakfast at Mabel's flat. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  12. The earth was just as round in the days when people supposed it to be flat, as it is now. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  13. Tell me who and what to you is that man living in your flat. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  14. If it comes along, all we can do is to go out and lie flat on the ties and trust to luck. – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  15. Forty yards to the right lay a nearly flat bar; but could he make that forty yards? – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  16. I had now to cross lots that were cleared and covered with snow, the houses being thick on the road, which I was to cross, and for fear of being heard, I lay myself flat on my stomach and crept along on the frozen snow. – Journal of Dr. Elias Cornelius, a Revolutionary Surgeon by Elias Cornelius
  17. " There, look at that nice broad, flat boat. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  18. None of them are flat, she said, and none of them have two eyes on one side of the head. – The Sun's Babies by Edith Howes