Meaning of FLAT in English

FLAT

/ flæt; NAmE / adjective , noun , adverb , verb

■ adjective

( flat·ter , flat·test )

LEVEL

1.

having a level surface, not curved or sloping :

low buildings with flat roofs

People used to think the earth was flat.

Exercise is the only way to get a flat stomach after having a baby.

The sails hung limply in the flat calm (= conditions at sea when there is no wind and the water is completely level) .

2.

( of land ) without any slopes or hills :

The road stretched ahead across the flat landscape.

3.

( of surfaces ) smooth and even; without lumps or holes :

I need a flat surface to write on.

We found a large flat rock to sit on.

NOT HIGH

4.

broad but not very high :

Chapattis are a kind of flat Indian bread.

flat shoes (= with no heels or very low ones)

DULL

5.

dull; lacking interest or enthusiasm :

He felt very flat after his friends had gone home.

VOICE

6.

not showing much emotion; not changing much in tone :

Her voice was flat and expressionless.

COLOURS / PICTURES

7.

very smooth, with no contrast between light and dark, and giving no impression of depth :

Acrylic paints can be used to create large, flat blocks of colour.

BUSINESS

8.

not very successful because very little is being sold :

The housing market has been flat for months.

REFUSAL / DENIAL

9.

[ only before noun ] not allowing discussion or argument; definite :

Her request was met with a flat refusal.

He gave a flat 'No!' to one reporter's question.

IN MUSIC

10.

used after the name of a note to mean a note a semitone / half tone lower :

That note should be B flat, not B.

OPP sharp

—compare natural

11.

below the correct pitch (= how high or low a note sounds) :

The high notes were slightly flat.

OPP sharp

DRINK

12.

no longer having bubbles in it; not fresh :

The soda was warm and had gone flat.

BATTERY

13.

( BrE ) unable to supply any more electricity

TYRE

14.

not containing enough air, usually because of a hole

FEET

15.

with no natural raised curves underneath

—see also flat-footed

►  flat·ness noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- and that's flat!

- as flat as a pancake

—more at back noun , spin noun

■ noun

ROOMS

1.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a set of rooms for living in, including a kitchen, usually on one floor of a building :

Do you live in a flat or a house?

They're renting a furnished flat on the third floor.

a ground-floor flat

a new block of flats

Many large old houses have been converted into flats.

Children from the flats (= the block of flats) across the street were playing outside.

—compare apartment

LEVEL PART

2.

[ sing. ] the ~ of sth the flat level part of sth :

He beat on the door with the flat of his hand.

the flat of a sword

LAND

3.

[ C , usually pl. ] an area of low flat land, especially near water :

salt flats

—see also mudflat

HORSE RACING

4.

the flat , the Flat [ sing. ] ( BrE ) the season for racing horses on flat ground with no jumps

IN MUSIC

5.

[ C ] a note played a semitone / half tone lower than the note that is named. The written symbol is (♭) :

There are no sharps or flats in the key of C major.

OPP sharp

—compare natural

TYRE

6.

[ C ] ( especially NAmE ) a tyre that has lost air, usually because of a hole :

We got a flat on the way home.

We had to stop to fix a flat.

IN THEATRE

7.

[ C ] ( technical ) a vertical section of scenery used on a theatre stage

SHOES

8.

flats [ pl. ] = flatties

IDIOMS

- on the flat

■ adverb

( comparative flat·ter , no superlative )

LEVEL

1.

spread out in a level, straight position, especially against another surface :

Lie flat and breathe deeply.

They pressed themselves flat against the tunnel wall as the train approached.

REFUSING / DENYING

2.

( BrE ) ( NAmE ˌflat ˈout ) ( informal ) in a definite and direct way :

She told me flat she would not speak to me again.

I made them a reasonable offer but they turned it down flat.

IN MUSIC

3.

lower than the correct pitch (= how high or low a note sounds) :

He sings flat all the time.

OPP sharp

IDIOMS

- fall flat

- fall flat on your face

- flat broke

- flat out

- in ... flat

■ verb

( -tt- ) [ v ] ( AustralE , NZE ) to live in or share a flat / apartment :

My sister Zoe flats in Auckland.

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WORD ORIGIN

adjective and adverb noun senses 2 to 8 Middle English : from Old Norse flatr .

noun sense 1 early 19th cent. (denoting a floor or storey): alteration of obsolete flet floor, dwelling , of Germanic origin and related to flat level .

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