Meaning of FLAT in English

~ 1

■ adjective ( ~ter , ~test )

1》 having a level surface; without raised areas or indentations.

↘not sloping.

↘having a broad level surface but little height or depth: a ~ box.

↘(of shoes) without high heels.

2》 dull; lifeless: a ~ voice.

↘showing little or no activity: sales were ~.

↘(of a photograph) lacking contrast.

3》 (of a sparkling drink) having lost its effervescence.

4》 Brit. (of a battery) having exhausted its charge.

5》 (of something kept in~ed) having lost some or all of its air.

6》 (of a fee, charge, or price) unvarying; fixed: a ~ rate of £250.

7》 (of a negative statement) definite and firm: a ~ denial.

8》 (of musical sound) below true or normal pitch.

↘[ postposition ] (of a key) having a ~ or ~s in the signature.

↘[ postposition ] (of a note) a semitone lower than a specified note.

■ adverb

1》 in or to a horizontal position.

↘lying in close juxtaposition to a surface.

↘so as to become level and even.

2》 informal completely; absolutely: I'm turning you down ~.

3》 emphasizing the speed of an action or task: prepare a meal in ten minutes ~.

4》 below the true or normal pitch of musical sound.

■ noun

1》 the ~ part of something.

↘( ~s ) shoes with a very low heel or no heel.

2》 ( ~s ) an area of low level ground, especially near water.

3》 informal a ~ tyre.

4》 an upright section of stage scenery.

5》 ( the Flat ) Brit. ~ racing.

6》 a musical note lowered a semitone below natural pitch.

↘the sign () indicating this.

7》 N. Amer. a shallow container in which seedlings are grown.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ting , ~ted )

1》 [usu. as adjective ~ted ] N. Amer. Music lower (a note) by a semitone.

2》 archaic ~ten.


fall ~ fail to produce the intended effect.

~ out

1》 as fast or as hard as possible.

2》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. unequivocally.

3》 lying down in a state of exhaustion.


~ly adverb

~ness noun

~tish adjective


ME: from ON ~r .


~ 2

■ noun chiefly Brit. a set of rooms comprising an individual place of residence within a larger building.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ting , ~ted ) Austral./NZ live in or share a ~.


go ~ting Austral./NZ leave one's family home to live in a ~.


~let noun


C19: alt. of obs. flet 'floor, dwelling', of Gmc origin and related to ~ 1 .

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