Flatness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈflætnəs|  American pronunciation of the word flatness
Brit.  |ˈflatnəs|  British pronunciation of the word flatness

noun

- the property of having two dimensions (syn: planeness, two-dimensionality)
- a want of animation or brilliance

the almost self-conscious flatness of Hemingway's style

- a deficiency in flavor

it needed lemon juice to sharpen the flatness of the dried lentils

- the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss (syn: lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt, matte)
- inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy (syn: languor, lethargy, phlegm, sluggishness)

Examples

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.

A flatness of mind was gradually stealing upon me.

the almost self-conscious flatness of Hemingway's style

it needed lemon juice to sharpen the flatness of the dried lentils

No one is better than Didion at using flatness of affect and formality of diction to convey seething anger and disdain.

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