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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flat(noun)

    a level tract of land

    "the salt flats of Utah"

  2. flat(noun)

    a shallow box in which seedlings are started

  3. flat(noun)

    a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named

  4. flatcar, flatbed, flat(noun)

    freight car without permanent sides or roof

  5. flat, flat tire(noun)

    a deflated pneumatic tire

  6. flat(noun)

    scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting

  7. apartment, flat(adj)

    a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house

  8. flat, level, plane(adj)

    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"

  9. flat(adj)

    having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness

    "flat computer monitors"

  10. categoric, categorical, flat, unconditional(adj)

    not modified or restricted by reservations

    "a categorical denial"; "a flat refusal"

  11. flat, prostrate(adj)

    stretched out and lying at full length along the ground

    "found himself lying flat on the floor"

  12. flat(adj)

    lacking contrast or shading between tones

  13. flat(adj)

    (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone

    "B flat"

  14. compressed, flat(adj)

    flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)

  15. bland, flat, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid(adj)

    lacking taste or flavor or tang

    "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"

  16. bland, flat(adj)

    lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting

    "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"

  17. flat(adj)

    having lost effervescence

    "flat beer"; "a flat cola"

  18. flat, monotone, monotonic, monotonous(adj)

    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

    "the owl's faint monotonous hooting"

  19. flat(adj)

    horizontally level

    "a flat roof"

  20. two-dimensional, 2-dimensional, flat(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"

  21. flat, mat, matt, matte, matted(adj)

    not reflecting light; not glossy

    "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish"

  22. flat(adverb)

    commercially inactive

    "flat sales for the month"; "prices remained flat"; "a flat market"

  23. flat(adverb)

    with flat sails

    "sail flat against the wind"

  24. directly, flat, straight(adverb)

    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. Flat(n.)

    (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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flat

    having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without inclination; plane

  2. Flat

    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

  3. Flat

    wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest

  4. Flat

    tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste

  5. Flat

    unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition

  6. Flat

    lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat

  7. Flat

    clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright

  8. Flat

    below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A flat

  9. Flat

    not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound

  10. Flat

    sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant (or sharp) consonant

  11. Flat(adverb)

    in a flat manner; directly; flatly

  12. Flat(adverb)

    without allowance for accrued interest

  13. Flat(noun)

    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

  14. Flat(noun)

    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

  15. Flat(noun)

    something broad and flat in form

  16. Flat(noun)

    a flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught

  17. Flat(noun)

    a straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned

  18. Flat(noun)

    a car without a roof, the body of which is a platform without sides; a platform car

  19. Flat(noun)

    a platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs, etc., are carried in processions

  20. Flat(noun)

    the flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of a blade, as distinguished from its edge

  21. Flat(noun)

    a floor, loft, or story in a building; especially, a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in itself

  22. Flat(noun)

    a horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal

  23. Flat(noun)

    a dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull

  24. Flat(noun)

    a character [/] before a note, indicating a tone which is a half step or semitone lower

  25. Flat(noun)

    a homaloid space or extension

  26. Flat(verb)

    to make flat; to flatten; to level

  27. Flat(verb)

    to render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress

  28. Flat(verb)

    to depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone

  29. Flat(verb)

    to become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface

  30. Flat(verb)

    to fall form the pitch


  1. Flat

    In music, flat, or Bemolle, means "lower in pitch"; the flat symbol lowers a note by a half step. Intonation may be flat, sharp, or both, successively or simultaneously. More specifically, in music notation, flat means, "lower in pitch by a semitone," and has an associated symbol, which is a stylised lowercase "b" that may be found in key signatures or as an accidental, as may sharps. The Unicode character ♭ is the flat sign. Its HTML entity is ♭. Under twelve tone equal temperament, C flat for instance is the same as, or enharmonically equivalent to, B natural, and G flat is the same as F sharp. In any other tuning system, such enharmonic equivalences in general do not exist. To allow extended just intonation, composer Ben Johnston uses a sharp as an accidental to indicate a note is raised 70.6 cents, or a flat to indicate a note is lowered 70.6 cents. Double flats also exist, which look like and lower a note by two semitones, or a whole step. Less often one will encounter half, or three-quarter, or otherwise altered flats. The Unicode character '

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flat

    flat, adj. smooth: level: wanting points of prominence and interest: monotonous: vapid, insipid: dejected: unqualified, positive: (mus.) opposite of sharp.—n. a level plain: a tract covered by shallow water: something broad: a story or floor of a house, esp. when fitted up as a separate residence for a family: a simpleton, a gull: (mus.) a character () which lowers a note a semitone.—ns. Flat′boat, a large flat-bottomed boat for floating goods down the Mississippi, &c.; Flat′-fish, a name applied to marine bony fishes that have a flat body, such as the flounder, turbot, &c.—adj. Flat′-foot′ed, having flat feet: resolute.—adj. and n. Flat′-head, having an artificially flattened head, as some American Indians of the Chinooks—the name is officially but incorrectly applied to the Selish Indians in particular.—n. Flat′-ī′ron, an iron for smoothing cloth.—advs. Flat′ling, Flat′long (Spens., Shak.), with the flat side down: not edgewise; Flat′ly.—ns. Flat′ness; Flat′-race, a race over open or clear ground.—v.t. Flat′ten, to make flat.—v.i. to become flat.—n. Flat′ting, a mode of house-painting in which the paint is left without gloss.—adj. Flat′tish, somewhat flat.—adj. or adv. Flat′wise, flatways, or with the flat side downward.—n. Flat′-worm, a tapeworm. [From a Teut. root found in Ice. flatr, flat, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, Old High Ger. flaz.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flat

    1. [common] Lacking any complex internal structure. “That bitty box has only a flat filesystem, not a hierarchical one.” The verb form is flatten. 2. Said of a memory architecture (like that of the VAX or 680x0) that is one big linear address space (typically with each possible value of a processor register corresponding to a unique core address), as opposed to a segmented architecture (like that of the 80x86) in which addresses are composed from a base-register/offset pair (segmented designs are generally considered cretinous).Note that sense 1 (at least with respect to filesystems) is usually used pejoratively, while sense 2 is a Good Thing.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FLAT

    A series of padded cells, commonly found in cities, in which are confined harmless monomaniacs who imagine Home to be a Sardine Box.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flat

    In ship-building, a straight part in a curve. In hydrography, a shallow over which the tide flows, and over the whole extent of which there is little or no variation of soundings. If less than three fathoms, it is called shoal or shallow.

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  1. FLAT

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2329

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1460

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flat' in Nouns Frequency: #715

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flat' in Adjectives Frequency: #356

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flat in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of flat in a Sentence

  1. Eliud Kipchoge:

    It's a natural environment, i am feeling well. I have run on the course and it is a good course. It is flat and very fast and in the park where we can enjoy the environment. I am ready for Saturday.

  2. Adam Smith:

    This was at best an error in judgment, and at worst flat-out dishonesty.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    That's just a plain, false statement by the Attorney General. A flat-out false statement.

  4. James Harden:

    James Harden said. James Harden was then asked why The Rockets were flat through three quarters. Good question.

  5. Stephen Robertson:

    A lot of people are optimistic about $50 oil, no one wants to be caught flat-footed and miss the jump.

Images & Illustrations of flat

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Translations for flat

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  • mol, platkant, plat, pap, eentonigAfrikaans
  • مسطحArabic
  • düzAzerbaijani
  • роўны, плоскіBelarusian
  • бемол, плоско, точно, равнина, изцяло, плоскост, спаднал, изветрял, плосък, равен, безинтересенBulgarian
  • সমতলBengali
  • punxada, avaria, bemoll, pla, xatoCatalan, Valencian
  • rovný, prasklý, plochýCzech
  • jævnt, helt, flade, flad, dødDanish
  • total, Platten, flach, völlig, eben, Reifenpanne, pauschal, vollkommen, direkt, platt, flau, glatt, schalGerman
  • ύφεση, χωρίς τακούνι, νεκρός, επίπεδος, άτονος, ξεθυμασμένος, ισόπεδος, ξεφούσκωτος, ανούσιοςGreek
  • bemolaEsperanto
  • llano, chato, plano, sin gasSpanish
  • tühi, lapik, lameEstonian
  • laun, lau, ordekaBasque
  • هامون, هموار, صاف, پنچر, مسطحPersian
  • tylysti, nuotti, lape, talttasivellin, täysin, tasaisesti, kokonaan, rengas, tasan, kengät, tasanko, täsmälleen, tasanne, ropponen, alavireinen, tasainen, lattea, monotoninen, litteä, tyhjä, väljähtynyt, laakea, tylsä, puhjennut, alennettuFinnish
  • pile, bémol, plan, grave, plat, crevé, ennuyeux, dégonflé, bas, plate, à platFrench
  • rodta, cothromIrish
  • maolScottish Gaelic
  • plano, chairo, chanGalician
  • שטוחHebrew
  • समतलHindi
  • laposHungarian
  • հարթ, տափակArmenian
  • rata, pipih, datar, kempes, habisIndonesian
  • scarpe senza tacco, ballerine, bemolle, a terra, sgasata, piano, bucata, monotòno, piatto, sgonfioItalian
  • パンク, パンクする, 平らJapanese
  • жазық, жалпак, жайпақKazakh
  • រាបស្មើ, រាបទាបKhmer
  • 평평, 하다, 판판하다, 平平Korean
  • жалпакKyrgyz
  • plokščias, lėkštasLithuanian
  • plakana virsma, lēzeni, kurpes bez papēžiem, plakani, bemols, plakans, lēzensLatvian
  • parahe, tūpā, pātiki, kenu, haukore, pongareMāori
  • рамно, издишана, рамен, бемолMacedonian
  • सपाटMarathi
  • datarMalay
  • platte band, mol, bemol, lekke band, plat, verschaald, lek, vlakDutch
  • monoton, dødt, doven, flat, -esNorwegian
  • ditʼąhNavajo, Navaho
  • bemol, but, płasko, flak, wyczerpany, wygazowany, za, zwietrzały, sflaczały, równy, monotonny, nijaki, flakowaty, niski, bezbarwny, płaski, odgazowanyPolish
  • [[pneu]] [[murcho]], planura, diretamente, bemol, murcho, raso, plano, [[sem]] [[gás]], chato, monótono, descarregado, vazioPortuguese
  • platRomansh
  • neted, monotonă, plat, monoton, șes, planRomanian
  • бемоль, прокол, плоскость, пологий, ровный, плоскийRussian
  • pranuSardinian
  • snizilica, раван, ravanSerbo-Croatian
  • plochý, rovnýSlovak
  • monoton, gorjenje, nezanimivo, raven, bemol, spuščena, basSlovene
  • rrafshtë, rrafshët, bemolAlbanian
  • jämnt, blankt, punka, helt, platt, helt och hållet, lågklackad, totalt, punktering, punkterad, sänkt, död, monoton, avslagen, plan, falsk, flatSwedish
  • పెరగని, పూర్తిగా, మొద్దుబారిన, చదునైన, అరిగిన, బల్లపరుపు, ఆసక్తి లేని, అశక్తతTelugu
  • мусаттаҳTajik
  • เรียบThai
  • düzTurkmen
  • düzTurkish
  • плоский, рівний, пологийUkrainian
  • silliq, sidirgʻa, tekisUzbek
  • bằng, phẳngVietnamese

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