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adj. flat•ter, flat•test, adj.
In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building.
In American English, a set of rooms like this is usually called an apartment.
In British English, a large building containing flats is usually called a block of flats.
In American English, and sometimes in British English, it is called an apartment building or an apartment block.
Flat is usually a noun or an adjective, but it is sometimes an adverb.
In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building.
Something that is flat is not sloping, curved, or pointed.
If something lies or rests flat against a surface, all of it is touching the surface.
A flat refusal, denial, or rejection is definite and firm, and not likely to be changed.
The adverb corresponding to this meaning of flat is flatly, not 'flat'.
Flatly goes in front of refuse and deny, but you put it after say and state.
Past participle: flatted
|Noun||1.||flat - a level tract of land; "the salt flats of Utah"|
alluvial flat, alluvial plain - a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
champaign, plain, field - extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
|2.||flat - a shallow box in which seedlings are started|
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
|3.||flat - a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named|
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
double flat - a musical notation of two flats in front of a note indicating that it is to be lowered by two semitones
|4.||flat - freight car without permanent sides or roof|
freight car - a railway car that carries freight
|5.||flat - a deflated pneumatic tire|
|6.||flat - scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting|
mise en scene, stage setting, setting - arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
scenery, scene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
|7.||flat - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house|
bedsit, bedsitter, bedsitting room - a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
cold-water flat - an apartment without modern conveniences
duplex apartment, duplex - an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase
efficiency apartment - a furnished apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom
flatlet - a tiny flat
kitchenette - small kitchen
maisonette, maisonnette - a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside
penthouse - an apartment located on the top floors of a building
railroad flat - an apartment whose rooms are all in a line with doors between them
rooms, suite - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)
|Adj.||1.||flat - having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams"|
even - being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with); "an even application of varnish"; "an even floor"; "the road was not very even"; "the picture is even with the window"
|2.||flat - having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness; "flat computer monitors"|
|3.||flat - not modified or restricted by reservations; "a categorical denial"; "a flat refusal"|
unqualified - not limited or restricted; "an unqualified denial"
|4.||flat - stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; "found himself lying flat on the floor"|
unerect - not upright in position or posture
|5.||flat - lacking contrast or shading between tones|
contrasty - having sharp differences between black and white
|6.||flat - (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "B flat"|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
natural - (of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone; "a natural scale"; "B natural"
sharp - (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp"
|7.||flat - flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)|
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
|8.||flat - lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"|
tasteless - lacking flavor
|9.||flat - lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"|
|10.||flat - having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola"|
noneffervescent - not effervescent
|11.||flat - sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's faint monotonous hooting"|
unmodulated - characterized by lack of variation in pitch, tone, or volume; "he lectured in an unmodulated voice edged with hysteria"
|12.||flat - horizontally level; "a flat roof"|
horizontal - parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line; "a horizontal surface"
|13.||flat - lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth; "a film with two-dimensional characters"; "a flat two-dimensional painting"|
multidimensional - having or involving or marked by several dimensions or aspects; "multidimensional problems"; "a multidimensional proposition"; "a multidimensional personality"
|14.||flat - not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish"|
dull - emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
|15.||flat - commercially inactive; "flat sales for the month"; "prices remained flat"; "a flat market"|
inactive - (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
|Adv.||1.||flat - with flat sails; "sail flat against the wind"|
|2.||flat - in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay"|
even broken, rolling, rough, up and down, sloping, rugged, irregular, uneven, slanting, hilly
horizontal straight, upright, vertical, on end, perpendicular
dull exciting, sparkling, tasty, bubbly, palatable, fizzy, effervescent, zestful
he was lying flat on the floor → estaba tumbado en el suelo
he laid his hands flat on the table → puso las manos extendidas sobre la mesa
keep your feet flat on the floor → mantén los pies bien pegados al suelo
the sea was calm and flat → el mar estaba en calma y no había olas
lie flat on your back → túmbate de espaldas en el suelo
he was flat on his back for a month after the accident → tuvo que guardar cama durante un mes después del accidente
to fall flat on one's face (lit) → caer(se) de bruces
the government's campaign fell flat on its face → la campaña del gobierno resultó un fracaso
flat as a pancake → liso como la palma de la mano
see also spin
we got a flat tyre → se nos pinchó una rueda, se nos ponchó una llanta (Mex)
I had a flat tyre → tenía una rueda pinchada or desinflada, tenía un pinchazo, tenía una ponchada (Mex)
the atmosphere at the party was a bit flat → el ambiente de la fiesta estaba un poco apagado
I've got a flat battery → se me ha descargado la batería
I'm feeling rather flat → estoy un poco deprimido
she meant it as a joke, but it fell flat → lo dijo de broma, pero nadie le vio la gracia
the champagne has gone flat → al champán se le ha ido la fuerza or se le han ido las burbujas
sales have been flat this summer → las ventas han estado flojas este verano, no ha habido mucho movimiento de ventas este verano
his suggestion met with a flat refusal → su sugerencia recibió una negativa rotunda or terminante
he says he's not going and that's flat → dice que no va y sanseacabó
flat jockey → jinete mf de carreras sin obstáculos
the flat season → la temporada de carreras de caballos sin obstáculos
I told her flat that she couldn't have it → le dije terminantemente que no se lo podía quedar
to turn sth down flat → rechazar algo rotundamente or de plano
to go flat out → ir a toda máquina
to go flat out for sth → intentar conseguir algo por todos los medios
she went flat out for the title → intentó por todos los medios conseguir el título
to work flat out (to do sth) → trabajar a toda máquina (para hacer algo)
we got a flat → se nos pinchó una rueda, se nos ponchó una llanta (Mex)
I had a flat → tenía una rueda pinchada or desinflada, tenía un pinchazo, tenía una ponchada (Mex)
mud flats → marismas fpl
salt flats → salinas fpl
flat pack N it comes in a flat pack → viene en una caja plana para el automontaje
flat racing N → carreras fpl de caballos sin obstáculos
flat screen N (TV, Comput) → pantalla f plana
flat2 [flæt] N (Brit) → apartamento m, piso m (Sp), departamento m (LAm)
a flat roof → un toit plat
to smooth sth flat → aplatir qch
to be as flat as a pancake → être complètement à plat
B flat n (= key) → si m bémol; modif [sonata, trio] → en si bémol
as flat as a pancake (fam) → completamente piatto/a (Aut) (tyre) → completamente sgonfio/a or a terra
to fall flat on one's face → cadere a terra lungo/a disteso/a, finire faccia a terra
flat race → corsa piana
I'm not going, and that's flat! (fam) → non ci vado e basta!
C flat → do m inv bemolle
to be feeling rather flat → sentirsi giù di corda or di morale
flat broke (fam) → al verde, in bolletta
in ten minutes flat → in dieci minuti spaccati
(to work) flat out → (lavorare) a più non posso
to be flat out (lying) → essere disteso/a or sdraiato/a (asleep) → dormire della grossa
flat2 [flæt] n (Brit) → appartamento
to go flat-hunting → cercare un appartamento