flat

flat
flat1
adjective (flatter, flattest)
1》 having a level surface; without raised areas or indentations.
    ↘not sloping.
    ↘having a broad level surface but little height or depth: a flat box.
    ↘(of shoes) without high heels.
2》 dull; lifeless: a flat voice.
    ↘showing little or no activity: sales were flat.
    ↘(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 inflated) having lost some or all of its air.
6》 (of a fee, charge, or price) unvarying; fixed: a flat rate of £250.
7》 (of a negative statement) definite and firm: a flat denial.
8》 (of musical sound) below true or normal pitch.
    ↘[postposition] (of a key) having a flat or flats 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 flat.
3》 emphasizing the speed of an action or task: prepare a meal in ten minutes flat.
4》 below the true or normal pitch of musical sound.
noun
1》 the flat part of something.
    ↘(flats) shoes with a very low heel or no heel.
2》 (flats) an area of low level ground, especially near water.
3》 informal a flat tyre.
4》 an upright section of stage scenery.
5》 (the Flat) Brit. flat 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 (flats, flatting, flatted)
1》 [usu. as adjective flatted] N. Amer. Music lower (a note) by a semitone.
2》 archaic flatten.
Phrases
fall flat fail to produce the intended effect.
flat out
1》 as fast or as hard as possible.
2》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. unequivocally.
3》 lying down in a state of exhaustion.
Derivatives
flatly adverb
flatness noun
flattish adjective
Origin
ME: from ON flatr.
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flat2
noun chiefly Brit. a set of rooms comprising an individual place of residence within a larger building.
verb (flats, flatting, flatted) Austral./NZ live in or share a flat.
Phrases
go flatting Austral./NZ leave one's family home to live in a flat.
Derivatives
flatlet noun
Origin
C19: alt. of obs. flet 'floor, dwelling', of Gmc origin and related to flat1.

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