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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Some articles on flat:

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
... 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 ... 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
... 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 ...

More definitions of "flat":

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

Famous quotes containing the word flat:

    If the juggler is tired now, if the broom stands
    In the dust again, if the table starts to drop
    Through the daily dark again, and though the plate
    Lies flat on the table top,
    For him we batter our hands
    Who has won for once over the world’s weight.
    Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

    You don’t want a general houseworker, do you? Or a traveling companion, quiet, refined, speaks fluent French entirely in the present tense? Or an assistant billiard-maker? Or a private librarian? Or a lady car-washer? Because if you do, I should appreciate your giving me a trial at the job. Any minute now, I am going to become one of the Great Unemployed. I am about to leave literature flat on its face. I don’t want to review books any more. It cuts in too much on my reading.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    ... 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)