Flat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flæt|  American pronunciation of the word flat
Brit.  |flæt|  British pronunciation of the word flat


- a level tract of land
- a shallow box in which seedlings are started
- a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
- freight car without permanent sides or roof (syn: flatbed, flatcar)
- a deflated pneumatic tire
- scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
- a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house (syn: apartment)


- having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another(syn: level, plane)
- having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness
- not modified or restricted by reservations(syn: categoric, categorical, unconditional)
- stretched out and lying at full length along the ground(syn: prostrate)
- flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes) (syn: compressed)
- lacking taste or flavor or tang (syn: bland, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid)
- lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting(syn: bland)

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- with flat sails
- in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly(syn: directly, straight)


the flat top of the table

the flat landscape of the prairie

Coins are usually round and flat.

Lay the map flat on the desk.

He slipped and landed flat on his back.

We asked for more time but they turned us down flat.

He slammed the counter with the flat of his hand.

The hunters waded into the flats, looking vainly for ducks.

The thruway is the worst possible place to have a flat.

They took their naps, lying flat on the floor.

The ladder was standing flat against the side wall.

The lower meadow is absolutely flat.

The ginger ale went flat after being left open.

Life is very flat in your town.

He is always appreciative of the flattest joke.

Word forms

singular: flat
plural: flats
comparative: flatter
superlative: flattest
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