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flat    : [fl'æt]
Flat \Flat\ (fl[a^]t), a. [Compar. {Flatter} (fl[a^]t"r[~e]r);
superl. {Flattest} (fl[a^]t"t[e^]st).] [Akin to Icel. flatr,
Sw. flat, Dan. flad, OHG. flaz, and AS. flet floor, G.
fl["o]tz stratum, layer.]
1. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so,
without prominences or depressions; level without
inclination; plane.
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Though sun and moon
Were in the flat sea sunk. --Milton.
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2. 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.
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What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat! --Milton.
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I feel . . . my hopes all flat. --Milton.
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3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without
points of prominence and striking interest.
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A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.
--Coleridge.
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4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink
flat to the taste.
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5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit;
monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
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How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world. --Shak.
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6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings;
depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
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7. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive;
downright.

Syn: flat-out.
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Flat burglary as ever was committed. --Shak.
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A great tobacco taker too, -- that's flat.
--Marston.
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8. (Mus.)
(a) Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals,
minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A
flat.
(b) Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.
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9. (Phonetics) Sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the
sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a
nonsonant (or sharp) consonant.
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10. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft;
-- said of a club.
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11. (Gram.) Not having an inflectional ending or sign, as a
noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb,
without the addition of a formative suffix, or an
infinitive without the sign to. Many flat adverbs, as in
run fast, buy cheap, are from AS. adverbs in -["e], the
loss of this ending having made them like the adjectives.
Some having forms in ly, such as exceeding, wonderful,
true, are now archaic.
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12. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain
fruits.
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{Flat arch}. (Arch.) See under {Arch}, n., 2. (b).

{Flat cap}, cap paper, not folded. See under {Paper}.

{Flat chasing}, in fine art metal working, a mode of
ornamenting silverware, etc., producing figures by dots
and lines made with a punching tool. --Knight.

{Flat chisel}, a sculptor's chisel for smoothing.

{Flat file}, a file wider than its thickness, and of
rectangular section. See {File}.

{Flat nail}, a small, sharp-pointed, wrought nail, with a
flat, thin head, larger than a tack. --Knight.

{Flat paper}, paper which has not been folded.

{Flat rail}, a railroad rail consisting of a simple flat bar
spiked to a longitudinal sleeper.

{Flat rods} (Mining), horizontal or inclined connecting rods,
for transmitting motion to pump rods at a distance.
--Raymond.

{Flat rope}, a rope made by plaiting instead of twisting;
gasket; sennit.

Note: Some flat hoisting ropes, as for mining shafts, are
made by sewing together a number of ropes, making a
wide, flat band. --Knight.

{Flat space}. (Geom.) See {Euclidian space}.

{Flat stitch}, the process of wood engraving. [Obs.] -- {Flat
tint} (Painting), a coat of water color of one uniform shade.


{To fall flat} (Fig.), to produce no effect; to fail in the
intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.
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Of all who fell by saber or by shot,
Not one fell half so flat as Walter Scott. --Lord
Erskine.
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Flat \Flat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flatted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Flatting}.]
1. To make flat; to flatten; to level.
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2. To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.
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Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted.
--Barrow.
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3. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to
lower in pitch by half a tone.
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Flat \Flat\, n.
1. 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.
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Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a
bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.
--Bacon.
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2. 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.
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Half my power, this night
Passing these flats, are taken by the tide. --Shak.
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3. Something broad and flat in form; as:
(a) A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small
draught.
(b) A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned.
(c) (Railroad Mach.) A car without a roof, the body of
which is a platform without sides; a platform car.
(d) A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs,
etc., are carried in processions.
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4. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of
a blade, as distinguished from its edge.
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5. (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.
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6. (Mining) A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a
main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not
elsewhere horizontal. --Raymond.
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7. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull. [Colloq.]
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Or if you can not make a speech,
Because you are a flat. --Holmes.
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8. (Mus.) A character [[flat]] before a note, indicating a
tone which is a half step or semitone lower.
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9. (Geom.) A homaloid space or extension.
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Flat \Flat\, adv.
1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.
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Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. --Herbert.
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2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest.
[Broker's Cant]
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Flat \Flat\, v. i.
1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even
surface. --Sir W. Temple.
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2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch.
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{To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a
bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.]
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flat
adv 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" [synonym: {directly}, {flat}, {straight}]
[ant: {indirectly}]
adj 1: 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" [synonym: {flat}, {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 categorical
denial"; "a flat refusal" [synonym: {categoric}, {categorical},
{flat}, {unconditional}]
4: stretched out and lying at full length along the ground;
"found himself lying flat on the floor" [synonym: {flat},
{prostrate}]
5: lacking contrast or shading between tones [ant: {contrasty}]
6: (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic
semitone; "B flat" [ant: {natural}, {sharp}]
7: flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain
leafstalks or flatfishes) [synonym: {compressed}, {flat}]
8: lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid
hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid
beer"; "vapid tea" [synonym: {bland}, {flat}, {flavorless},
{flavourless}, {insipid}, {savorless}, {savourless}, {vapid}]
9: lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland
little drama"; "a flat joke" [synonym: {bland}, {flat}]
10: having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
11: sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's
faint monotonous hooting" [synonym: {flat}, {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 film with two-dimensional characters";
"a flat two-dimensional painting" [synonym: {two-dimensional},
{2-dimensional}, {flat}]
14: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a
photograph with a matte finish" [synonym: {flat}, {mat}, {matt},
{matte}, {matted}]
15: commercially inactive; "flat sales for the month"; "prices
remained flat"; "a flat market"
n 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: freight car without permanent sides or roof [synonym: {flatcar},
{flatbed}, {flat}]
5: a deflated pneumatic tire [synonym: {flat}, {flat tire}]
6: scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted
canvas; part of a stage setting
7: a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
[synonym: {apartment}, {flat}]

892 Moby Thesaurus words for "flat":
3-D, Pullman, Pullman car, abeyant, absolute, absolutely, absonant,
accented, accidental, accommodation, accordant, accumbent,
achromatic, achromic, act drop, admitting no exception, alabaster,
alike, alkali flat, all-out, alluvial plain, alveolar, anemic,
apace, apartment, apathetic, apical, apico-alveolar, apico-dental,
arid, arrowlike, articulated, asbestos, asbestos board, ashen,
ashy, assimilated, at full length, at full speed, at once, atonal,
automatic, back, backdrop, baggage car, balanced, baldly, bank,
bar, barren, barytone, basin, bated, batten, beat, betting house,
betting parlor, bilabial, billiard table, blah, bland, blank,
bled white, bloodless, bog, bony, border, boring, bottomland,
bowling alley, bowling green, boxcar, brashly, brazenly, breve,
broad, broke, bushveld, busted, caboose, cacophonous, cacuminal,
cadaverous, campestral, campestrian, campo, car, carriage, casino,
cataleptic, catatonic, categorical, categorically, central,
cerebral, certain, chair car, chambers, champaign,
champaign country, characterless, checked, chloranemic, clear,
clerestory, close, cloth, coach, coal car, coastal plain, cold,
cold-water flat, collapsed, colorless, common, commonplace,
complete, completely, conclusive, consistent, consonant,
consonantal, constant, continuant, continuous, coral reef,
couchant, couche, coulisse, counterweight, covered waggon, cracked,
crawling, creamy, crib, crotchet, crouched, cubic, curtain,
curtain board, cyclorama, damped, dampened, day coach, dead,
dead flat, dead level, dead straight, deadened, deadly pale,
deathly pale, debased, decided, decisive, decor, decumbent,
definite, definitely, definitive, deflated, delicate, delta,
demisemiquaver, dental, depressed, desert, determinate, diaphonic,
digs, dilute, diluted, dim, dimensional, dimmed, diner, dinghy,
dingy, dining car, direct, directly, discolored, disconsonant,
discordant, disharmonic, disharmonious, dismal, dissimilated,
dissonant, dominant, dominant note, dopey, dormant, dorsal,
double whole note, down, downright, downs, downy, drab, draggy,
draped, drawing room, drearisome, dreary, drop, drop curtain, dry,
dryasdust, dull, dulled, duplex, duplex apartment, dusty, earth,
effete, eggshell, eighth note, elephantine, empty, enharmonic,
enharmonic note, entire, entresol, equable, equal, esplanade,
etiolated, even, evenly, exact, exactly, explicit, express,
exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, fade, faded, faint,
fallow, featureless, fell, fen, final, fire curtain, firm,
first floor, fixed, flat, flat broke, flat country, flat out,
flat-chested, flat-out, flatcar, flatland, flatly, flats,
flattened, flatways, flatwise, flavorless, fleshless, flipper,
floor, flush, ford, forthwith, foul, fourth-dimensional, front,
gambling den, gambling hall, gambling hell, gambling house,
gaming house, gangling, gangly, garden apartment, gaunt, gawky,
ghastly, glabrate, glabrescent, glabrous, glass, glide, global,
gloss, glossal, glottal, gondola, grass veld, grassland, grating,
gray, groggy, ground, ground floor, groveling, gruelly, guttural,
haggard, half note, hanging, hard, harsh, heath, heavy, hell,
hell for leather, hemidemisemiquaver, high, ho-hum, hollow,
homaloid, homaloidal, homogeneous, horizontal, horizontal axis,
horizontal fault, horizontal line, horizontal parallax,
horizontal plane, horizontal projection, horizontally, hueless,
humdrum, hypochromic, ice, immediately, immelodious, immutable,
implicit, in a line, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inane,
inappealable, indifferent, indisputable, indubitable, inert,
inexcitable, inharmonic, inharmonious, insipid, intonated,
invariable, iridescent, irrevocable, irrevocably, ivory, jejune,
joint, knee-high, knocked flat, labial, labiodental, labiovelar,
lackluster, laid low, lande, languid, languorous, lank, lanky,
latent, lateral, lax, leaden, lean, lean-fleshed, lean-looking,
ledge, leiotrichous, lengthways, lengthwise, level, level line,
level plane, lifeless, light, like a shot, like greased lightning,
lineal, linear, lingual, liquid, livid, living quarters, llano,
local, lodgings, logy, lolling, lounging, low, low-built, low-hung,
low-level, low-leveled, low-lying, low-set, low-spirited,
low-statured, lowland, lowlands, luggage van, lunar mare, lurid,
lusterless, lying, lying down, mahogany, mail car, mail van,
marble, mare, marsh, mat, matte, matter-of-fact, meager, mealy,
mean sea level, measured, mechanical, mellow, mesa, mesilla,
methodic, mezzanine, mezzanine floor, mid, mild, milk-and-water,
minim, monolithic, monophthongal, monotonous, moor, moorland,
mother-of-pearl, muddy, muffled, mundane, musical note, musicless,
muted, nacreous, narrow, nasal, nasalized, natural, neap, neutral,
nonmelodious, note, occlusive, of a piece, off, off-key, off-tone,
on a level, on the run, oofless, opalescent, open, open country,
openly, ordered, orderly, ordinary, out of pitch, out of tone,
out of tune, out-and-out, outright, outspread, outstretched,
overthrown, oxytone, palace car, palatal, palatalized, pale,
pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pampa, pampas, pappy,
parlor car, parterre, passenger car, passive, pastel, pasty,
patent note, patinaed, pearly, pedestrian, peneplain, penthouse,
peremptory, perfect, persistent, pharyngeal, pharyngealized,
phlegmatic, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pitch, pitched, plain,
plainly, plains, plane, plateau, platform, playa, plodding,
poetryless, pointless, poky, ponderous, poolroom, positive,
positively, posttonic, prairie, prairies, precise, precisely,
procumbent, prone, proportional, prosaic, prosing, prostrate,
prosy, pulpy, punctured, quarter note, quaver, quickly, quiet, rag,
railroad flat, railway car, rapidly, raucous, rawboned, reclining,
rectilineal, rectilinear, recumbent, reef, reefer,
refrigerator car, regular, rental, report, reposing,
responding note, resupine, retroflex, rez-de-chaussee, right,
robotlike, rolled, roomette, rooms, round, rounded, ruler-straight,
runty, ruptured, sad, sallow, salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan,
sandals, sandbank, sandbar, sapless, satin, savanna, savorless,
scene, scenery, scraggy, scrawny, screen, sea level, sea of grass,
sebkha, sedentary, semibreve, semigloss, semiquaver, semivowel,
set of rooms, shallow, shallows, shaped note, sharp, shelf, shoal,
shoal water, short, shrill, sickly, side scene, silk, simple,
sixteenth note, sixty-fourth note, skeletal, skinny, slack,
sleeper, sleeping, slide, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smoker,
smoking car, smoldering, smooth, smooth-shaven, smooth-textured,
smoothed out, smoothened, smothered, sober, soft, soft-colored,
soft-hued, softened, solemn, somber, sonant, sordo, sour, space,
space-time, spare, spatial, spatiotemporal, speedily, spherical,
spiccato, spiceless, spidery, spindling, spindly, spiritless,
sporting house, sprawled, sprawling, spread, spread out, squashed,
squashed flat, squat, squatty, stable, staccato, stage screw,
stagnant, stale, standard, standing, static, steadfast, steady,
steppe, steppes, stereoscopic, sterile, stiff, stifled, stockcar,
stodgy, stone-broke, stony, stooped, stopped, story, straight,
straight-cut, straight-front, straight-out, straight-side, strand,
strapped, streamlined, street floor, stressed, stretched out,
strident, strong, studio, stuffy, stumpy, suave, subdued, subtle,
suite, superficial, supine, surd, sure, surface, sustained note,
swamp, sweet, swiftly, syllabic, systematic, tab, table, tableau,
tableland, tabloid, tabular, tallow-faced, tame, tank, tasteless,
teaser, tedious, tender, tenement, tennis court, tense, tercet,
terrace, thick, thin, thin-bellied, thin-fleshed,
thirty-second note, three-dimensional, throaty, tidal flats, tired,
tiresome, tonal, tone, toneless, tonic, tormentor, torpid, total,
transformation, transformation scene, tree veld, triplet, triplex,
trodden, trodden flat, truck, true, tundra, tuneless, twangy,
twiggy, two-dimensional, unaccented, unambiguous, unaroused,
unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken, unchangeable, unchanged,
unchanging, uncircumscribed, uncolored, uncompromisingly,
unconditional, unconditioned, uncurved, undeflected, undersized,
underweight, undeviating, undifferentiated, undistorted,
undiversified, undoubting, unelevated, unembellished, unequivocal,
unexciting, unflavored, unhampered, unharmonious, unhesitating,
unidealistic, uniform, unimaginative, unimpassioned, uninteresting,
uninterrupted, unlimited, unlively, unmelodious, unmistakable,
unmitigated, unmodifiable, unmodified, unmusical, unpalatable,
unpoetic, unpolished, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioning,
unrealistic, unreserved, unrestricted, unromantic, unrough,
unroughened, unrounded, unruffled, unsavory, unshiny, unstressed,
unswerving, untunable, untuned, untuneful, unturned, unvaried,
unvarying, unwaivable, upland, upright, utter, utterly, van, vapid,
vega, velar, veld, velvet, vertical, vocalic, vocoid, voiced,
voiceless, volumetric, vowel, vowellike, waggon, wan, washed-out,
washy, water level, watered, watered-down, watery, waxen, weak,
weald, wetlands, whey-faced, white, whole, whole note, wholly,
wide, wide-open spaces, wing, wingcut, wishy-washy, without delay,
without exception, without reserve, wold, woodcut, wooden

1. Lacking any complex internal structure. "That {bitty box}
has only a flat file system, not a hierarchical one." The verb
form is {flatten}. Usually used pejoratively (at least with
respect to file systems).

2. Said of a memory architecture like that of the {VAX} or
{Motorola} {680x0} that is one big linear address space
(typically with each possible value of a processor register
corresponding to a unique address). This is a {Good Thing}.
The opposite is a "{segmented}" architecture like that of the
{Intel 80x86} in which addresses are composed from a
base-register/offset pair. Segmented designs are generally
considered cretinous.

3. A flat {domain} is one where all elements except {bottom}
are incomparable (equally well defined). E.g. the integers.

[{Jargon File}]

flat: adj. 1. [common] Lacking any complex internal structure. “That
bitty box has only a flat filesystem, not a
hierarchical one.” The verb form is flatten.



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