[ UK /flˈæt/ ]
[ US /ˈfɫæt/ ]
  1. stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
    found himself lying flat on the floor
  2. flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
  3. lacking contrast or shading between tones
  4. commercially inactive
    prices remained flat
    flat sales for the month
    a flat market
  5. sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    the owl's faint monotonous hooting
  6. horizontally level
    a flat roof
  7. not modified or restricted by reservations
    a categorical denial
    a flat refusal
  8. lacking taste or flavor or tang
    vapid tea
    insipid hospital food
    vapid beer
    flavorless supermarket tomatoes
    a bland diet
  9. 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
  10. having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness
    flat computer monitors
  11. having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    acres of level farmland
    skirts sewn with fine flat seams
    a flat desk
    a plane surface
  12. having lost effervescence
    flat beer
    a flat cola
  13. lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
    a flat joke
    a bland little drama
  14. (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone
    B flat
  15. not reflecting light; not glossy
    flat wall paint
    a photograph with a matte finish
  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
  1. scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
  2. a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
  3. a level tract of land
    the salt flats of Utah
  4. freight car without permanent sides or roof
  5. a deflated pneumatic tire
  6. a shallow box in which seedlings are started
  7. a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
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How To Use flat In A Sentence

  • deflate a balloon
  • You see that you're undershooting and so, leaving the throttle as is, you attempt to flatten your descent path by lifting the nose a bit - and you enter the region of reverse command.
  • Sometime in the early eighteen hundreds, they trekked to the flat plain between the Ohio River and Lake Erie and settled in Mount Vernon, which was then a few small buildings in a forest of tall trees. A Renegade History of the United States
  • It's got the whole indie-hillbilly thing going, with lots of mandolins and footstomping and fuzzy guitars etc but it's all just a little flat.
  • Then I saw how the ladies came alive at his gentlemanly attentions, how flattered they were by them.
  • For example, I see in yonder cupboard near which you are standing, several of what you call boxes (but like everything else in Flatland, they have no tops nor bottoms) full of money; I see also two tablets of accounts. Flatland: a romance of many dimensions (Illustrated)
  • Another category of vessels and flatware was distinguished by the use of precious stones or exotic materials, such as coral, mother-of-pearl, or coconut shell.
  • Soon the seeds in the inflated seed cases of the yellow rattle will be hard and rattle at a brush.
  • The ordinary piki is shaped into loose rolls about 10 inches long and two inches in diameter, but the wedding piki is folded into flat pieces about 8 inches square.
  • External warts can appear as small bumps, or they may be flat, verrucous, or pedunculated.
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