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.
- 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
Related formsflat·ly, adverbflat·ness, nounun·flat·ted, adjective
Examples from the Web for flatting
How is the singing teacher able, after his class has sung through several scores, to tell that they are flatting?The Mind and Its Education|George Herbert Betts
There were any number of discords and any amount of flatting, but little things like that did not bother the young minstrels.The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall|Spencer Davenport
In another place there is also disgrossing, drawing, and flatting of gold and silver wire.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
A good smooth malleable button is needed for the next operation, which is known as flatting.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
If there was no Heaven-shaking inspiration about her, there was no flatting, no slipping from note to note.
British Dictionary definitions for flatting (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for flatting (2 of 3)
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 Formsflatly, adverbflatness, noun
Word Origin for flat
British Dictionary definitions for flatting (3 of 3)
verb flats, flatting or flatted (intr)
Word Origin for flat
Idioms and Phrases with flatting
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