flat1 [ flæt ] adjective ***
▸ 1 level/smooth
▸ 2 lying on surface
▸ 3 rate/amount: fixed
▸ 4 lacking emotion/interest
▸ 5 spoken directly
▸ 6 tire: no air
▸ 7 battery: no power
▸ 8 drink: no bubbles
▸ 9 shoes: with low heels
▸ 10 about voice/speech
▸ 11 about line on graph
▸ 12 of organization/system
▸ 13 musical note: lower
▸ 14 in economics/business
1. ) level and parallel to the ground:
The building has a flat roof.
You need a flat surface to work on.
a ) smooth on the surface, with no lumps or slopes:
The farmland is very flat.
a firm flat stomach
b ) thin and wide and not curving inwards or outwards:
a monitor with a flat screen
She put the fruit on a large flat plate.
c ) as flat as a pancake very flat:
The sea by then was as flat as a pancake.
2. ) stretched out or lying on a surface:
Stand with your feet flat on the floor.
flat on your back: She was flat on her back asleep.
3. ) a flat rate or amount is the same in all situations, so you do not pay more or less:
The bank charges a flat fee of $15 for money transfers.
4. ) lacking emotion, interest, or excitement:
Ben's voice was curiously flat when he told us the news.
The victory celebrations seemed a little flat.
5. ) said directly and definitely:
a flat refusal
It was a flat statement of fact, with no apology.
6. ) a flat tire does not have enough air in it
7. ) MAINLY BRITISH a flat BATTERY does not have enough power left in it
8. ) a flat drink has lost its BUBBLES of gas, so it does not taste good
9. ) flat shoes have very low heels or no heels
10. ) spoken in a voice that does not go up and down. This word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region.
11. ) TECHNICAL appearing as a line on a GRAPH that does not go up or down, showing no activity or variety
12. ) used for describing an organization or system in which there are not many different levels of status:
Many companies are adopting a flatter management structure.
13. ) a B flat, E flat etc. is a musical note that is one HALFTONE lower than B, E etc.
a ) slightly lower than the musical note that should be played or sung
14. ) with very little business or activity happening:
August was a flat month.
flat 2 [ flæt ] adverb *
1. ) stretched out or lying on a surface:
Carole says she's not comfortable lying flat.
We heard a bang and threw ourselves flat on the ground.
2. ) singing or playing musical notes that are slightly lower than they should be:
Brenda has always sung terribly flat.
3. ) INFORMAL exactly: used for emphasizing how quickly something is done:
I fell asleep in five seconds flat!
4. ) INFORMAL completely:
Her answers are flat wrong.
flat broke (=having no money at all): We were flat broke at the time.
fall flat
to not succeed in entertaining someone or making them laugh:
Without him the whole evening would have fallen flat.
My attempt at a joke fell flat.
fall flat on your face
1. ) to fail completely, especially in an embarrassing way
2. ) to fall forward so that you are lying on your front
flat out INFORMAL
1. ) as quickly or with as much effort as possible:
He worked flat out from morning until night.
2. ) directly, without trying to avoid offending or upsetting people:
Michael said flat out that he didn't believe me.
3. ) AMERICAN completely and without doubt:
He was just flat out wrong.
DNA analysis can flat out identify a suspect sometimes.
flat 3 [ flæt ] noun
▸ 1 a flat tire
▸ 2 flat part of something
▸ 3 note halftone lower
▸ 4 shoes with no/low heels
▸ 5 rooms for living in
▸ 6 low flat area of land
▸ 7 wide box with low sides
1. ) count INFORMAL a flat tire:
Sorry, had to change a flat.
2. ) singular a flat surface or part of something:
She hit the table with the flat of her hand.
3. ) count a musical note that is one HALFTONE lower than a particular note
a ) a written symbol for showing that you must play or sing a note a HALFTONE lower
4. ) flats plural shoes without heels or with very low heels
6. ) flats plural a low flat area of land, usually wet land near a large area of water
7. ) count AMERICAN a wide box with low sides, used for selling or carrying fruit or for growing plants from seed:
Strawberries are $5 per flat.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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