What is flat?

  • (adj): Not reflecting light; not glossy.
    Example: "Flat wall paint"
    Synonyms: mat, matt, matte, matted
    See also — Additional definitions below


Flat, or flatness, describes an object or condition that is very smooth or level.

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Symphony No. 3 (Beethoven) - Instrumentation
... The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 3 horns in E flat, 2 trumpets in E flat and C, timpani in E flat and B flat, and strings ...
WEGA - History
... Starting in 1998, Sony released a television line called FD Trinitron WEGA, a flat-screen television with side-mounted speakers and a silver cabinet ... minimalist design the WEGA was a success in the marketplace to the point that almost every flat-screen CRT television has copied its design ... Sony has also used WEGA to advertise flat-screen televisions with newer technologies than CRT ...
Flat Eric
... Flat Eric is a low-tech, yellow puppet character from Levi's commercials for Sta-Prest One Crease Denim Clothing, built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop ... In the commercials, Flat Eric would ride with his friend Angel (played by Phillipe Petit) around California, evading the police as a wanted criminal ... He was featured in the music video for "Flat Beat" by French artist Mr ...
In A Sentimental Mood
... The Ellington and Coltrane version was performed in the key of D flat major, mainly from B flat minor 7th to E flat minor 7th, and then A flat 13th to D flat ...
Flat, Alaska - Demographics
... There was 1 household, composed of a married couple with children under the age of 18 living with them ... In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 25.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, and 25.0% from 45 to 64 ...

More definitions of "flat":

  • (noun): Freight car without permanent sides or roof.
    Synonyms: flatcar, flatbed
  • (adv): Below the proper pitch.
    Example: "She sang flat last night"
  • (noun): A musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named.
  • (adj): Having no depth or thickness.
  • (adj): Parallel to the ground.
    Example: "A flat roof"
  • (noun): Scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting.
  • (adj): Having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another.
    Example: "A flat desk"
    Synonyms: level, plane
  • (adv): Against a flat surface.
    Example: "He lay flat on his back"
  • (adj): Not made with leavening.
    Example: "Most flat breads are made from unleavened dough"
    Synonyms: unraised
  • (adj): Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting.
    Example: "A flat joke"
    Synonyms: bland
  • (adj): Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground.
    Example: "Found himself lying flat on the floor"
    Synonyms: prostrate
  • (adj): Not increasing as the amount taxed increases.
    Synonyms: fixed
  • (noun): A suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house.
    Synonyms: apartment
  • (adj): Having lost effervescence.
    Example: "Flat beer"; "a flat cola"
  • (adj): Lacking contrast or shading between tones.
  • (adj): Lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth.
    Example: "A flat two-dimensional painting"
    Synonyms: two-dimensional
  • (adv): At full length.
    Example: "He fell flat on his face"
  • (adj): Lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone.
    Example: "B flat"
  • (noun): A shallow box in which seedlings are started.
  • (adj): Flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes).
    Synonyms: compressed
  • (noun): A level tract of land.
  • (noun): A deflated pneumatic tire.
    Synonyms: flat tire
  • (adv): With flat sails.
    Example: "Sail flat against the wind"
  • (adv): In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly.
    Example: "Came out flat for less work and more pay"
    Synonyms: directly, straight
  • (adj): (of a tire) completely or partially deflated.
  • (adv): Wholly or completely.
    Example: "He is flat broke"
  • (adj): Lacking variety in shading.
    Example: "A flat unshaded painting"

Famous quotes containing the word flat:

    The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating. To the average man, doomed to some banal drudgery all his life long, they offer the only grand hazard that he ever encounters. Take them away, and his existence would be as flat and secure as that of a moo-cow.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    They are not flat surfaces
    Having curved outlines.
    They are round
    Tapering toward the top.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    And thou, all-shaking thunder,
    Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
    Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once
    That makes ingrateful man!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)