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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatsnoun

    footwear (shoes or slippers) with no heel (or a very low heel)


  1. flats

    Flats can refer to several things depending on the context: 1) In music, a flat refers to a note that is lowered in pitch by a half step. 2) In real estate, a flat is a term primarily used in British English to refer to a residence that is a part of a larger building and is typically all on one level, equivalent to an apartment in American English. 3) In theatre, a flat refers to a set piece that is flat and painted to provide a backdrop or create the illusion of a building, room, or other type of setting on stage. 4) In ballet, flats refers to the normal shoes worn by ballet dancers as opposed to pointe shoes. 5) In fashion, flats are a type of shoe that doesn't have a raised heel. 6) In art, flats refer to flat colors, with no gradients or textures. 7) In automotive language, a flat can refer to a flat tire indicating a deflated tire with no air pressure. 8) In geography, flats refers to a flat, level stretch of land. So, the specific definition of 'flats' can vary broadly depending on the area of interest.


  1. Flats

    Flats, short for Scenery Flats, are flat pieces of theatrical scenery which are painted and positioned on stage so as to give the appearance of buildings or other background. Flats can be soft or hard covered. Soft-covered flats have changed little from their origin in the Italian Renaissance. Hard-covered flats with a frame that is perpendicular to the paint surface are referred to as studio, TV, or Hollywood flats. Flats with a frame that places the width of the lumber parallel to the face are called New York or Broadway flats. Usually flats are built in standard sizes of 8, 10, or 12 feet tall so that walls or other scenery may easily be constructed, and so that flats may be stored and reused for subsequent productions. Often affixed to battens flown in from the fly tower or loft for the scenes in which they are used, they may also be stored at the sides of the stage, called wings, and braced to the floor when in use for an entire performance. Some casts have a tradition of signing the back of flats used on their production.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Flats

    In a commutator of a dynamo, the burning or wearing away of a commutator segment to a lower level than the rest. Sometimes two adjacent bars will be thus affected, causing a flat place on the commutator. It is not always easy to account for the formation of flats. They may have their origin in periodic vibrations due to bad mounting, or to sparking at the particular point.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flats

    All the floor-timbers that have no bevellings in midships, or pertaining to the dead-flat (which see). Also, lighters used in river navigation, and very flat-floored boats for landing troops.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'flats' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1141

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flats in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flats in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of flats in a Sentence

  1. Vira Protskych:

    The city is in ruin. Many buildings like hospitals and fire stations and university campuses and private houses are destroyed. [Blocks] of flats were burnt because shells fell there. Many buildings do not have windows. The city is on fire, people live in hell now in Mariupol. There are shelling and bombing of the city — civilian areas.

  2. Elena Mormol:

    Our local policeman went round all the flats and warned us that during matches it was forbidden for us to go out onto our balconies, open our windows or use binoculars. Apparently (police) snipers will be working in the area.

  3. Wendy Williams:

    The doctors tell me it’s going to take at least six months — maybe a year — to level off my medication, which is why I always wear flats. I’m not wearing heels and falling and tripping.

  4. Tobias Just:

    This is a strong development, but it's still far below the levels we saw in the 1990s after reunification, with more than 600,000 flats.

  5. Chief Egunwale Amusan:

    Before this highway was built, this was a one-way rail system. The witness said that his grandfather took him up to the tracks and told him that during the massacre they brought in rail flats right here where this road goes down the middle of Oaklawn Cemetery, they built a trench, they dug a trench and dumped bodies down into the trenches, he said there had to have been an excess of 300 bodies in that one location alone.

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