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(1)   Commercially inactive
"Flat sales for the month"
"Prices remained flat"
"A flat market"
(2)   Not reflecting light; not glossy
"Flat wall paint"
"A photograph with a matte finish"
(3)   (of a tire) completely or partially deflated
(4)   Having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness
"Flat computer monitors"
(5)   Lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth
"A film with two-dimensional characters"
"A flat two-dimensional painting"
(6)   Having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
"A flat desk"
"Acres of level farmland"
"A plane surface"
"Skirts sewn with fine flat seams"
(7)   Lacking contrast or shading between tones
(8)   Horizontally level
"A flat roof"
(9)   Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
"Found himself lying flat on the floor"
(10)   Sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
"The owl's faint monotonous hooting"
(11)   Lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone
"B flat"
(12)   (of taxes) not increasing as the amount taxed increases
(13)   Not modified or restricted by reservations
"A categorical denial"
"A flat refusal"
(14)   Having lost effervescence
"Flat beer"
"A flat cola"
(15)   Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
"A bland little drama"
"A flat joke"
(16)   Lacking taste or flavor or tang
"A bland diet"
"Insipid hospital food"
"Flavorless supermarket tomatoes"
"Vapid beer"
"Vapid tea"
(17)   Flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)


(18)   In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
"He didn't answer directly"
"Told me straight out"
"Came out flat for less work and more pay"
(19)   With flat sails
"Sail flat against the wind"


(20)   A suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
(21)   Scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
(22)   A deflated pneumatic tire
(23)   A shallow box in which seedlings are started
(24)   Freight car without permanent sides or roof
(25)   A musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
(26)   A level tract of land
"The salt flats of Utah"


From akin to German , Sanskrit .


  1. Having no variations in altitude.
    The land around here is flat.
  2. Deflated, especially because of a puncture.
  3. Lowered by one semitone.
  4. Of a note or voice, lower in pitch than it should be.
  5. Without variations in pitch.
  6. Of a carbonated drink, with all or most of its carbon dioxide having come out of solution so that the drink no longer fizzes or contains any bubbles.
  7. Uninteresting.
    The party was a bit flat.
  8. Lacking acidity without being sweet.
  9. Absolute.
    His claim was in flat contradiction to experimental results.
    I'm not going to the party and that's flat.
  10. Describing certain features, usually the breasts or buttocks, that are extremely small or not visible at all.
    That girl is completely flat on both sides.


even, planar, plane, smooth, uniform deflated or punctured monotone boring, dull, uninteresting flabby


bumpy, cratered, hilly (of terrain), rough (of a surface), wrinkled (of a surface) sharp sharp


  1. So as to be flat.
    Spread the tablecloth flat over the table.
  2. Bluntly.
    I asked him if he wanted to marry me and he turned me down flat.
  3. Not exceeding.
    He can run a mile in four minutes flat.
  4. Completely.
    I am flat broke this month.


  1. An area of level ground.
  2. A note played a semitone lower than a natural, denoted by the symbol ♭ sign placed after the letter representing the note (e.g., B♭) or in front of the note symbol (e.g. ♭♪).
  3. A flat tyre/tire.
  4. An apartment.
  5. A type of ladies' shoes with very low heels.
    She liked to walk in her flats more than in her high heels.
  6. A thin, broad brush used in oil and watercolor/watercolour painting.