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Adjective: flat (flatter,flattest)  flat
  1. Having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    "a flat desk"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams";
    - 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 flat refusal";
    - categoric, categorical, unconditional
     
  4. Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
    "found himself lying flat on the floor";
    - prostrate
     
  5. (photography) lacking contrast or shading between tones
     
  6. (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone
    "B flat"
     
  7. (biology) flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
    - compressed
     
  8. Lacking taste, flavour or tang
    "a flat diet";
    - bland, flavorless [US], flavourless [Brit, Cdn], insipid, savorless [US], savourless [Brit, Cdn], vapid
     
  9. Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
    "a flat joke";
    - bland
     
  10. Having lost effervescence
    "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
     
  11. Sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    "the owl's faint flat hooting";
    - 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 flat two-dimensional painting";
    - two-dimensional, 2-dimensional
     
  14. Not reflecting light; not glossy
    "flat wall paint";
    - mat, matt, matte, matted
     
  15. Commercially inactive
    "flat sales for the month"; "prices remained flat"; "a flat market"
     
  16. [Brit] Drained of electric charge; discharged
    "a flat battery";
    - dead, drained
Noun: flat  flat
  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. [N. Amer] Freight car without permanent sides or roof
    - flatcar [N. Amer], flatbed
     
  5. [N. Amer] A deflated pneumatic tire
    - flat tire [N. Amer], flat tyre [Brit], puncture
     
  6. Scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
     
  7. [Brit] A suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
    - apartment
Adverb: flat  flat
  1. With flat sails
    "sail flat against the wind"
     
  2. In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
    "came out flat for less work and more pay";
    - directly, straight
Verb: flat (flatted,flatting)  flat
Usage: Austral, NZ
  1. Live in or share an apartment

Derived forms: flats, flatting, flattest, flatter, flatted

See also: dull, even, horizontal, inactive, multidimensional, noneffervescent, planar, tasteless, thin, two-dimensional, uncharged, unerect, unexciting, unmodulated, unqualified, unstimulating

Type of: box, champaign, field, flatland, freight car, housing, living accommodations, lodging, musical notation, plain, pneumatic tire [N. Amer], pneumatic tyre [Brit], scene, scenery

Antonym: contrasty, natural, sharp

Part of: apartment building, apartment house, mise en scène, setting, stage setting

Encyclopedia: Flat, Puy-de-Dome