adjective, flat·ter, flat·test.
- (of a tone) lowered a half step in pitch: B flat.
- below an intended pitch, as a note; too low (opposed to sharp).
- cut with little or no fullness.
- trimmed as nearly fore-and-aft as possible, for sailing to windward.
- (in musical notation) the character ♭, which when attached to a note or to a staff degree lowers its significance one chromatic half step.
- a tone one chromatic half step below another: The flat of B is B flat.
- (on keyboard instruments, with reference to any given note) the key next below or to the left.
- Also called platform. a partial deck between two full decks.
- a low, flat barge or lighter.
- a broad, flat piece of iron or steel for overlapping and joining two plates at their edges.
- a straight timber in a frame or other assembly of generally curved timbers.
verb (used with object), flat·ted, flat·ting.
verb (used without object), flat·ted, flat·ting.
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Idioms for flat
- without hesitation; directly or openly: He told us flat out he'd been a double agent.
- at full speed or with maximum effort.
Origin of flat1
SYNONYMS FOR flat
synonym study for flat
OTHER WORDS FROM flatflatly, adverbflatness, nounun·flat·ted, adjective
Words nearby flat
Definition for flat (2 of 2)
Origin of flat2
Example sentences from the Web for flat
Print advertisements for Quaker Rice Cakes from that period show thin, grinning models lying on their flat leotard-covered stomachs to emphasize the lightness of rice cakes.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack|Brenna Houck|September 17, 2020|Eater
Unlike the flat disk that gave rise to the planets in our own Solar System, the system’s disk consists of three misaligned rings.A strange dusty disk could hide a planet betwixt three stars|Paola Rosa-Aquino|September 11, 2020|Popular Science
It uses technology well, including flat-screen monitors that connect to the Internet and Bluetooth headphones.Peloton races to the future, but it’s still no tech company|Adam Lashinsky|September 11, 2020|Fortune
The catch included two tiny species with coiled shells about 1 millimeter across, four midsize species with long, conical or urn-shaped shells of about 7 to 11 millimeters, and one species with a flat shell up to 14 millimeters across.Sea butterflies’ shells determine how the snails swim|Maria Temming|September 8, 2020|Science News
It combines the functionality of a suitcase and the durability of a duffel, with structured sides and interior pockets for ample gear hauling, a flat-bottom design that enables it to stand, and sturdy, oversize wheels.
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.
Hitchcock settled in southern California, leaving behind a flat in London and a country house in Shamley Green.
Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.
In a bizarre twist to proceedings, Miss Manners sought to have her £30 cab fare from her Kensington flat to court refunded.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission|Tom Sykes|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ground fell almost sheer six hundred feet to the flat bottom of the valley.London to Ladysmith via Pretoria|Winston Spencer Churchill
We also meet with a pentatonic order of intervals in which the Third is flat like in our diatonic minor scale.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)|Carl Engel
Her nose is as flat as a pancake and she rouges something fierce.The Gorgeous Girl|Nalbro Bartley
No; Parlyment's a played-out fraud, flabby and footy, flat and faddy.
When I awoke it was daylight, and a glance through a port-hole showed that we were nearing a flat coast.The Fortunate Isles|Mary Stuart Boyd
British Dictionary definitions for flat (1 of 2)
adjective flatter or flattest
- (of races, racetracks, or racecourses) not having obstacles to be jumped
- of, relating to, or connected with flat racing as opposed to steeplechasing and hurdlingflat jockeys earn more
- (immediately postpositive) denoting a note of a given letter name (or the sound it represents) that has been lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitoneB flat
- (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being too low in pitchCompare sharp (def. 12)
- lower than a standard pitch
- too low in pitchshe sings flat Compare sharp (def. 18)
- with the maximum speed or effort
- totally exhausted
- an accidental that lowers the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitoneUsual symbol: ♭
- a note affected by this accidentalCompare sharp (def. 19)
- flat racing, esp as opposed to steeplechasing and hurdling
- the season of flat racing
verb flats, flatting or flatted
Derived forms of flatflatly, adverbflatness, noun
Word Origin for flat
British Dictionary definitions for flat (2 of 2)
verb flats, flatting or flatted (intr)
Word Origin for flat
Idioms and Phrases with flat
In addition to the idioms beginning with flat
- flat as a pancake
- flat broke
- flat on one's back
- flat out
- caught flat-footed
- fall flat
- in no time (nothing flat)
- leave flat