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English adjective: flat

1. flat having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another


SamplesA flat desk.
Acres of level farmland.
A plane surface.
Skirts sewn with fine flat seams.


Synonymslevel, plane


Similareven


Antonymsuneven

2. flat having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness


SamplesFlat computer monitors.


Similarplanar, two-dimensional


Antonymscubic, linear, one-dimensional, three-dimensional

3. flat not modified or restricted by reservations


SamplesA categorical denial.
A flat refusal.


Synonymscategoric, categorical, unconditional


Similarunqualified


Antonymsqualified

4. flat stretched out and lying at full length along the ground


SamplesFound himself lying flat on the floor.


Synonymsprostrate


Similarunerect


Antonymserect, upright, vertical

5. flat lacking contrast or shading between tones


Domain categoryphotography, picture taking


Antonymscontrasty

6. flat (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone


SamplesB flat.


Domain categorymusic


Antonymsnatural, sharp

7. flat flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)


Synonymscompressed


Similarthin


Domain categorybiological science, biology


Antonymsthick

8. flat lacking taste or flavor or tang


SamplesA bland diet.
Insipid hospital food.
Flavorless supermarket tomatoes.
Vapid beer.
Vapid tea.


Synonymsbland, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid


Similartasteless


Antonymstasty

9. flat lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting


SamplesA bland little drama.
A flat joke.


Synonymsbland


Similarunexciting, unstimulating


Antonymsstimulating

10. flat having lost effervescence


SamplesFlat beer.
A flat cola.


Similarnoneffervescent


Antonymseffervescent

11. flat sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch


SamplesThe owl's faint monotonous hooting.


Synonymsmonotone, monotonic, monotonous


Similarunmodulated


Antonymsmodulated

12. flat horizontally level


SamplesA flat roof.


Similarhorizontal


Antonymsvertical, inclined, perpendicular

13. flat lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth


SamplesA film with two-dimensional characters.
A flat two-dimensional painting.


Synonyms2-dimensional, two-dimensional


Similarmultidimensional


Antonymsone-dimensional, unidimensional

14. flat not reflecting light; not glossy


SamplesFlat wall paint.
A photograph with a matte finish.


Synonymsmat, matt, matte, matted


Similardull


Antonymsbright

15. flat commercially inactive


SamplesFlat sales for the month.
Prices remained flat.
A flat market.


Similarinactive


Antonymsactive


English noun: flat

1. flat (object) a level tract of land


SamplesThe salt flats of Utah.


Broader (hypernym)champaign, field, plain


Narrower (hyponym)alluvial flat, alluvial plain, salt flat, salt plain

2. flat (artifact) a shallow box in which seedlings are started


Broader (hypernym)box

3. flat (communication) a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named


Broader (hypernym)musical notation


Narrower (hyponym)double flat

4. flat (artifact) freight car without permanent sides or roof


Synonymsflatbed, flatcar


Broader (hypernym)freight car

5. flat (artifact) a deflated pneumatic tire


Synonymsflat tire


Broader (hypernym)pneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre

6. flat (artifact) scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting


Broader (hypernym)scene, scenery


Narrower (hyponym)coulisse, teaser, tormenter, tormentor, wing flat


Part meronymmise en scene, setting, stage setting

7. flat (artifact) a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house


Synonymsapartment


Broader (hypernym)housing, living accommodations, lodging


Narrower (hyponym)bedsit, bedsitter, bedsitting room, cold-water flat, duplex, duplex apartment, efficiency apartment, flatlet, maisonette, maisonnette, penthouse, railroad flat, rooms, studio, studio apartment, suite, walk-up, walk-up apartment


Part holonymkitchenette


Part meronymapartment building, apartment house


English adverb: flat

1. flat with flat sails


SamplesSail flat against the wind.

2. flat in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly


SamplesHe didn't answer directly.
Told me straight out.
Came out flat for less work and more pay.


Synonymsdirectly, straight


Antonymsindirectly









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