- Ⅰ.flat  ► ADJECTIVE (flatter, flattest) 1) having a level and even surface. 2) not sloping. 3) with a level surface and little height or depth: a flat cap. 4) (of shoes) without high heels. 5) lacking vitality or interest: a flat voice. 6) (of a sparkling drink) having lost its effervescence. 7) (of something kept inflated) having lost some or all of its air. 8) Brit. (of a battery) having exhausted its charge. 9) (of a fee, charge, or price) unvarying; fixed. 10) (of a negative statement) definite and firm: a flat denial. 11) (of musical sound) below true or normal pitch. 12) (after a noun ) (of a note or key) lower by a semitone than a specified note or key.► ADVERB 1) in or to a horizontal position. 2) so as to become level and even. 3) informal completely; absolutely: she turned him down flat. 4) emphasizing the speed of an action: in ten minutes flat.► NOUN 1) the flat part of something. 2) (flats) an area of low level ground, especially near water. 3) informal a flat tyre. 4) (the Flat) Brit. flat racing. 5) an upright section of stage scenery. 6) a musical note lowered a semitone below natural pitch. 7) the sign () indicating this.● fall flat — Cf. ↑fall flat● flat out — Cf. ↑flat out● on the flat — Cf. ↑on the flatDERIVATIVES flatly adverb flatness noun flattish adjective.ORIGIN Old Norse.Ⅱ.flat  ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a set of rooms comprising an individual place of residence within a larger building.► VERB (flatted, flatting) Austral./NZ ▪ live in or share a flat.● go flatting — Cf. ↑go flattingDERIVATIVES flatlet noun.ORIGIN alteration of obsolete flet «floor, dwelling»; related to FLAT(Cf. ↑flattish).
English terms dictionary. 2015.