- (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
Other definitions for flat (2 of 2)
Origin of flat2
How to use flat in a sentence
Mr. Bills kinder wilted after you all went out, and the whole thing flatted.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
Paul despised the musicians who scream at a flatted f but hunger for the flesh pots after the performance.Read-Aloud Plays|Horace Holley
Dickens's sentiment seldom rings perfectly true; too often it is sharped to flippancy, or flatted to mawkishness.Washington Irving|Henry W. Boynton
But the bow on top was so handsome, and I've kept paper wadded up inside, and it hasn't flatted down a mite.A Little Girl in Old Boston|Amanda Millie Douglas
Mr. Fabian flatted his nose against the window pane and suddenly discovered the picture that Gottlieb had so much admired.The Home in the Valley|Emilie F. Carln
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