Hypertext Webster Gateway: "flat"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, a.
1. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft;
-- said of a club.

2. (Gram.) Not having an inflectional ending or sign, as a
noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb,
without the addition of a formative suffix, or an
infinitive without the sign to. Many flat adverbs, as in
run fast, buy cheap, are from AS. adverbs in -["e], the
loss of this ending having made them like the adjectives.
Some having forms in ly, such as exceeding, wonderful,
true, are now archaic.

3. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain fruits.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flatted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To make flat; to flatten; to level.

2. To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.

Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted.

3. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to
lower in pitch by half a tone.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, v. i.
1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even
surface. --Sir W. Temple.

2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch.

{To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a
bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, a. [Compar. {Flatter}; superl. {Flattest}.] [Akin
to Icel. flatr, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, OHG. flaz, and AS. flet
floor, G. fl["o]tz stratum, layer.]
1. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so,
without prominences or depressions; level without
inclination; plane.

Though sun and moon Were in the flat sea sunk.

2. Lying at full length, or spread out, upon the ground;
level with the ground or earth; prostrate; as, to lie flat
on the ground; hence, fallen; laid low; ruined; destroyed.

What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat! --Milton.

I feel . . . my hopes all flat. --Milton.

3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without
points of prominence and striking interest.

A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.

4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink
flat to the taste.

5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit;
monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.

How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me
all the uses of this world. --Shak.

6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings;
depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.

7. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive;

Flat burglary as ever was committed. --Shak.

A great tobacco taker too, -- that's flat.

8. (Mus.)
(a) Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals,
minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A
(b) Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.

9. (Phonetics) Sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the
sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a
nonsonant (or sharp) consonant.

{Flat arch}. (Arch.) See under {Arch}, n., 2. (b).

{Flat cap}, cap paper, not folded. See under {Paper}.

{Flat chasing}, in fine art metal working, a mode of
ornamenting silverware, etc., producing figures by dots
and lines made with a punching tool. --Knight.

{Flat chisel}, a sculptor's chisel for smoothing.

{Flat file}, a file wider than its thickness, and of
rectangular section. See {File}.

{Flat nail}, a small, sharp-pointed, wrought nail, with a
flat, thin head, larger than a tack. --Knight.

{Flat paper}, paper which has not been folded.

{Flat rail}, a railroad rail consisting of a simple flat bar
spiked to a longitudinal sleeper.

{Flat rods} (Mining), horizontal or inclined connecting rods,
for transmitting motion to pump rods at a distance.

{Flat rope}, a rope made by plaiting instead of twisting;
gasket; sennit.

Note: Some flat hoisting ropes, as for mining shafts, are
made by sewing together a number of ropes, making a
wide, flat band. --Knight.

{Flat space}. (Geom.) See {Euclidian space}.

{Flat stitch}, the process of wood engraving. [Obs.] -- {Flat
tint} (Painting), a coat of water color of one uniform shade.

{To fall flat} (Fig.), to produce no effect; to fail in the
intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.

Of all who fell by saber or by shot, Not one fell
half so flat as Walter Scott. --Lord

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, adv.
1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.

Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. --Herbert.

2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest.
[Broker's Cant]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flat \Flat\, n.
1. A level surface, without elevation, relief, or
prominences; an extended plain; specifically, in the
United States, a level tract along the along the banks of
a river; as, the Mohawk Flats.

Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a
bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.

2. A level tract lying at little depth below the surface of
water, or alternately covered and left bare by the tide; a
shoal; a shallow; a strand.

Half my power, this night Passing these flats, are
taken by the tide. --Shak.

3. Something broad and flat in form; as:
(a) A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small
(b) A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned.
(c) (Railroad Mach.) A car without a roof, the body of
which is a platform without sides; a platform car.
(d) A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs,
etc., are carried in processions.

4. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of
a blade, as distinguished from its edge.

5. (Arch.) A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially,
a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or
lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level
farmland"; "a plane surface" [syn: {level}, {plane}]
2: having no depth or thickness
3: not modified or restricted by reservations; "a categorical
denial"; "a flat refusal" [syn: {categoric}, {categorical},
4: stretched out and lying at full length along the ground;
"found himself lying flat on the floor" [syn: {prostrate}]
5: (photography) lacking contrast or shading between tones
[ant: {contrasty}]
6: (music) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "B flat"
[ant: {natural}, {sharp}]
7: (biology) flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g.,
certain leafstalks or flatfishes) [syn: {compressed}]
8: lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid
hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid
beer"; "vapid tea" [syn: {bland}, {flavorless}, {flavourless},
{insipid}, {savorless}, {savourless}, {vapid}]
9: lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland
little drama"; "a flat joke" [syn: {bland}]
10: having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
11: not increasing as the amount taxed increases [syn: {fixed}]
12: not made with leavening; "most flat breads are made from
unleavened dough" [syn: {unraised}]
13: parallel to the ground; "a flat roof"
14: without pleats [syn: {unpleated}]
15: 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" [syn: {two-dimensional}]
16: (of a tire) completely or partially deflated
17: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a
photograph with a matte finish" [syn: {mat}, {matt}, {matte},
18: lacking variety in shading; "a flat unshaded painting"
n 1: a level tract of land
2: a shallow box in which seedlings are started
3: a notation indicating one half step lower than the note
4: freight car without permanent sides or roof [syn: {flatcar}]
5: a deflated pneumatic tire [syn: {flat tire}]
6: scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted
canvas; part of a stage setting
7: a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
[syn: {apartment}]
adv 1: at full length; "he fell flat on his face"
2: with flat sails; "sail flat against the wind"
3: below the proper pitch; "she sang flat last night"
4: against a flat surface; "he lay flat on his back"
5: 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" [syn: {directly}, {straight}]
[ant: {indirectly}]
6: wholly or completely; "He is flat broke"

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