[ flat-wahyz ]

  1. with the flat side, rather than the edge, foremost or in contact.

Origin of flatwise

First recorded in 1595–1605; flat1 + -wise
  • Also flat·ways [flat-weyz]. /ˈflætˌweɪz/.

Words Nearby flatwise

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How to use flatwise in a sentence

  • Then came the fat oblong envelope, with its official seal, that dropped flatwise to the floor with a sodden, dull impact.

    McTeague | Frank Norris
  • Instead of living edgewise, so to speak, we should be spread out flatwise.

  • A large arrow-head of chalcedony has been bound with cords of cotton flatwise along one side of the body.

    Zui Fetiches | Frank Hamilton Cushing
  • Placing it flatwise on supports close to its ends we find that its own weight causes a decided sag.

    Inventors at Work | George Iles
  • Morrison's sword held flatwise, thudded down on the back of a man who had flung away his gun.

    The Littlest Rebel | Edward Peple