flat meaning

[ flæt ] Pronunciation:   "flat" in a sentence
  • 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"
    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
    1. (music) lower a note in pitch 
    2. [Austral, NZ] Live in or share an apartment

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

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

    Type of: box, champaign, field, 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, Alaska Flat, MO Flat Flat, AK Flat, Missouri Flat, Texas Flat, tx Flat, Puy-de-Dome Flat, Puy-de-Dôme

  • [Architecture]

    Descriptive of a roof, etc., having little or no slope.


    One floor of a multistory building or a dwelling unit on one floor.


    Descriptive of paint having very low gloss.


    A piece of framed stage scenery without thickness other than its framing members.


    A metal bar having a rectangular cross section; if fabricated of steel, must have a minimum thickness of 0.203 in. (0.516 cm) and a maximum width of 8 in. (20.3 cm).

  • [Business]
    adjective (flatter, flattest)


    not very successful because very little is being sold:

    The housing market has been flat for months.

    Profits rose last year, despite flat sales.


    (about prices, numbers, etc.) increasing only a small amount; not increasing or falling:

    Shares were flat at €53.

    Staff numbers will remain broadly flat next year.

    flat profits

    3 (not used in the forms flatter, flattest)

    (about a payment) fixed; without any extra payments or charges:

    She charges a flat fee for her services rather than an hourly rate.

    4 (HR )

    used to describe an organization where there are fewer levels between the top and the bottom:

    They plan to introduce a flatter organizational structure, eliminating middle managers and increasing the need for knowledgeable workers.


  • [Finance]
    Convertibles: Earning interest on the date of payment only.General: Having neither a short nor a long position in a stock. Clean.Market: Characterized by horizontal price movement, usually the result of low activity.Equities: To execute without commission or markup.

  • [Medicine]
    adj flat·ter; flat·test
    1 : being or characterized by a horizontal line or tracing without peaks or depressions ‹the EEG is ominously flat indicating that her brain function is gone —Don Gold›
    2 : characterized by general impoverishment in the presence of emotion-evoking stimuli ‹flat affect often occurs in schizophrenia› — flat·ness n


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  1. the colors used are flat and unvaried.
  2. light was coming through in the corner flat.
  3. i am not going out with you and that is flat!
  4. the beer is flat and tastes like pennies.
  5. i can walk at 4 miles an hour on the flat.

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