- (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.
OTHER WORDS FOR flat
Idioms about 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
synonym study for flat
OTHER WORDS FROM flatflatly, adverbflatness, nounun·flat·ted, adjective
Words nearby flat
Other definitions for flat (2 of 2)
Origin of flat2
How to use flat in a sentence
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.
Luckily enough I have this dedicated flat that is just along from my house that I go to every day.
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.
Another sent back a flat-screen television with a bona fide tombstone within.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock settled in southern California, leaving behind a flat in London and a country house in Shamley Green.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why not have sought out the pure white lime-rocks of the flat country, or the grey granite of the hills?
Then the roof itself, with its gables and dormer windows, softly folded itself flat down upon the top of the house, out of sight.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Instead of writing slander and flat blasphemy, they propose to draw it, and not draw it mild.
There is no other way but fresh blood for it is sheer human nature to feel flat after an effort.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The hills disappear some miles above this city, and henceforward to the sea all is flat and tame as a marsh.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for flat (1 of 2)
- (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
Derived forms of flatflatly, adverbflatness, noun
Word Origin for flat
British Dictionary definitions for flat (2 of 2)
Word Origin for flat
Other 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