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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flat \Flat\ (fl[a^]t), adjective [Compar. {Flatter} (fl[a^]t"r[~e]r); superl. {Flattest} (fl[a^]t"t[e^]st).] [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.

Syn: flat-out.

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.

10. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft; -- said of a club. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. (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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

12. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain fruits. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Flat arch}. (Arch.) See under {Arch}, noun, 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flat \Flat\, adverb

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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flat \Flat\, noun

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; an apartment taking up a whole floor. In this latter sense, the usage is more common in British English. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flat \Flat\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flat \Flat\, verb (used without an object)

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.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

flat

adverb

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}]

adjective

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"

noun

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}]

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