What is flat?

  • (noun): A musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named.
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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WEGA - History
... in 1998, Sony released a television line called FD Trinitron WEGA, a flat-screen television with side-mounted speakers and a silver cabinet ... 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 ...
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 major 7th, with an interesting interlude in A major ...
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 ...
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 ...
Symphony No. 3 (Beethoven) - Instrumentation
... 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 ...

More definitions of "flat":

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

Famous quotes containing the word flat:

    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)

    ... we see the poor as a mass of shadow, painted in one flat grey wash, at the remote edges of our sunshine.
    Albion Fellows Bacon (1865–1933)

    The audience is the most revered member of the theater. Without an audience there is no theater. Every technique learned by the actor, every curtain, every flat on the stage, every careful analysis by the director, every coordinated scene, is for the enjoyment of the audience. They are our guests, our evaluators, and the last spoke in the wheel which can then begin to roll. They make the performance meaningful.
    Viola Spolin (b. 1911)