What is the meaning of flat?


  • A level tract of land.
    • usage: "the salt flats of Utah"
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another.
    • usage: "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams"
  • Having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness.
    • usage: "flat computer monitors"
  • Not modified or restricted by reservations.
    • usage: "a categorical denial"; "a flat refusal"
  • Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground.
    • usage: "found himself lying flat on the floor"
  • Lacking contrast or shading between tones.
  • Of a musical note. ( lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone)
    • usage: "B flat"
  • Flattened laterally along the whole length (e. G., certain leafstalks or flatfishes.
  • Lacking taste or flavor or tang.
    • usage: "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"
  • Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting.
    • usage: "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"
  • Having lost effervescence.
    • usage: "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
  • Sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch.
    • usage: "the owl's faint monotonous hooting"
  • Horizontally level.
    • usage: "a flat roof"
  • Lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth.
    • usage: "a film with two-dimensional characters"; "a flat two-dimensional painting"
  • Not reflecting light; not glossy.
    • usage: "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish"
  • Commercially inactive.
    • usage: "flat sales for the month"; "prices remained flat"; "a flat market"


  • With flat sails.
    • usage: "sail flat against the wind"
  • In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly.
    • usage: "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay"
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APAWordNet. (2010). flat. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/flat/definitions/1174216
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "flat" http://smartdefine.org/flat/definitions/1174216 (accessed October 18, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, flat, Smart Define, viewed 18 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/flat/definitions/1174216>.
MLAWordNet. "flat" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/flat/definitions/1174216>
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