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  10  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  a. 
  1.  (Golf)  Having  a  head  at  a  very  obtuse  angle  to  the  shaft; 
  --  said  of  a  club. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  Not  having  an  inflectional  ending  or  sign,  as  a 
  noun  used  as  an  adjective,  or  an  adjective  as  an  adverb, 
  without  the  addition  of  a  formative  suffix,  or  an 
  infinitive  without  the  sign  to  Many  flat  adverbs,  as  in 
  run  fast  buy  cheap,  are  from  AS  adverbs  in  -["e],  the 
  loss  of  this  ending  having  made  them  like  the  adjectives. 
  Some  having  forms  in  ly  such  as  exceeding,  wonderful, 
  true,  are  now  archaic. 
 
  3.  (Hort.)  Flattening  at  the  ends  --  said  of  certain  fruits. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flatted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Flatting}.] 
  1.  To  make  flat;  to  flatten;  to  level. 
 
  2.  To  render  dull,  insipid,  or  spiritless;  to  depress. 
 
  Passions  are  allayed,  appetites  are  flatted. 
  --Barrow. 
 
  3.  To  depress  in  tone,  as  a  musical  note;  especially,  to 
  lower  in  pitch  by  half  a  tone. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  become  flat,  or  flattened;  to  sink  or  fall  to  an  even 
  surface.  --Sir  W.  Temple. 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  To  fall  form  the  pitch. 
 
  {To  flat  out},  to  fail  from  a  promising  beginning;  to  make  a 
  bad  ending;  to  disappoint  expectations.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  a.  [Compar.  {Flatter};  superl.  {Flattest}.]  [Akin 
  to  Icel.  flatr,  Sw  flat,  Dan.  flad,  OHG.  flaz,  and  AS  flet 
  floor,  G.  fl["o]tz  stratum,  layer.] 
  1.  Having  an  even  and  horizontal  surface,  or  nearly  so 
  without  prominences  or  depressions;  level  without 
  inclination;  plane. 
 
  Though  sun  and  moon  Were  in  the  flat  sea  sunk. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Lying  at  full  length,  or  spread  out  upon  the  ground; 
  level  with  the  ground  or  earth;  prostrate;  as  to  lie  flat 
  on  the  ground;  hence  fallen;  laid  low  ruined;  destroyed. 
 
  What  ruins  kingdoms,  and  lays  cities  flat!  --Milton. 
 
  I  feel  .  .  .  my  hopes  all  flat.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Fine  Arts)  Wanting  relief;  destitute  of  variety;  without 
  points  of  prominence  and  striking  interest. 
 
  A  large  part  of  the  work  is  to  me  very  flat. 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  4.  Tasteless;  stale;  vapid;  insipid;  dead;  as  fruit  or  drink 
  flat  to  the  taste. 
 
  5.  Unanimated;  dull;  uninteresting;  without  point  or  spirit; 
  monotonous;  as  a  flat  speech  or  composition. 
 
  How  weary,  stale,  flat,  and  unprofitable  Seem  to  me 
  all  the  uses  of  this  world.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  Lacking  liveliness  of  commercial  exchange  and  dealings; 
  depressed;  dull;  as  the  market  is  flat. 
 
  7.  Clear;  unmistakable;  peremptory;  absolute;  positive; 
  downright. 
 
  Flat  burglary  as  ever  was  committed.  --Shak. 
 
  A  great  tobacco  taker  too  --  that's  flat. 
  --Marston. 
 
  8.  (Mus.) 
  a  Below  the  true  pitch;  hence  as  applied  to  intervals, 
  minor,  or  lower  by  a  half  step;  as  a  flat  seventh  A 
  flat. 
  b  Not  sharp  or  shrill;  not  acute;  as  a  flat  sound. 
 
  9.  (Phonetics)  Sonant;  vocal;  --  applied  to  any  one  of  the 
  sonant  or  vocal  consonants,  as  distinguished  from  a 
  nonsonant  (or  sharp)  consonant. 
 
  {Flat  arch}.  (Arch.)  See  under  {Arch},  n.,  2.  (b). 
 
  {Flat  cap},  cap  paper,  not  folded.  See  under  {Paper}. 
 
  {Flat  chasing},  in  fine  art  metal  working,  a  mode  of 
  ornamenting  silverware,  etc.,  producing  figures  by  dots 
  and  lines  made  with  a  punching  tool.  --Knight. 
 
  {Flat  chisel},  a  sculptor's  chisel  for  smoothing. 
 
  {Flat  file},  a  file  wider  than  its  thickness,  and  of 
  rectangular  section.  See  {File}. 
 
  {Flat  nail},  a  small  sharp-pointed,  wrought  nail,  with  a 
  flat,  thin  head,  larger  than  a  tack.  --Knight. 
 
  {Flat  paper},  paper  which  has  not  been  folded. 
 
  {Flat  rail},  a  railroad  rail  consisting  of  a  simple  flat  bar 
  spiked  to  a  longitudinal  sleeper. 
 
  {Flat  rods}  (Mining),  horizontal  or  inclined  connecting  rods, 
  for  transmitting  motion  to  pump  rods  at  a  distance. 
  --Raymond. 
 
  {Flat  rope},  a  rope  made  by  plaiting  instead  of  twisting; 
  gasket;  sennit. 
 
  Note:  Some  flat  hoisting  ropes,  as  for  mining  shafts,  are 
  made  by  sewing  together  a  number  of  ropes,  making  a 
  wide,  flat  band.  --Knight. 
 
  {Flat  space}.  (Geom.)  See  {Euclidian  space}. 
 
  {Flat  stitch},  the  process  of  wood  engraving.  [Obs.]  --  {Flat 
  tint}  (Painting),  a  coat  of  water  color  of  one  uniform  shade. 
 
 
  {To  fall  flat}  (Fig.),  to  produce  no  effect;  to  fail  in  the 
  intended  effect;  as  his  speech  fell  flat. 
 
  Of  all  who  fell  by  saber  or  by  shot,  Not  one  fell 
  half  so  flat  as  Walter  Scott.  --Lord 
  Erskine. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  adv 
  1.  In  a  flat  manner;  directly;  flatly. 
 
  Sin  is  flat  opposite  to  the  Almighty.  --Herbert. 
 
  2.  (Stock  Exchange)  Without  allowance  for  accrued  interest. 
  [Broker's  Cant] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flat  \Flat\,  n. 
  1.  A  level  surface,  without  elevation,  relief,  or 
  prominences;  an  extended  plain;  specifically,  in  the 
  United  States,  a  level  tract  along  the  along  the  banks  of 
  a  river;  as  the  Mohawk  Flats. 
 
  Envy  is  as  the  sunbeams  that  beat  hotter  upon  a 
  bank,  or  steep  rising  ground,  than  upon  a  flat. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  A  level  tract  lying  at  little  depth  below  the  surface  of 
  water,  or  alternately  covered  and  left  bare  by  the  tide;  a 
  shoal;  a  shallow;  a  strand. 
 
  Half  my  power,  this  night  Passing  these  flats,  are 
  taken  by  the  tide.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Something  broad  and  flat  in  form  as: 
  a  A  flat-bottomed  boat,  without  keel,  and  of  small 
  draught. 
  b  A  straw  hat,  broad-brimmed  and  low-crowned. 
  c  (Railroad  Mach.)  A  car  without  a  roof,  the  body  of 
  which  is  a  platform  without  sides;  a  platform  car 
  d  A  platform  on  wheel,  upon  which  emblematic  designs, 
  etc.,  are  carried  in  processions. 
 
  4.  The  flat  part  or  side  of  anything  as  the  broad  side  of 
  a  blade,  as  distinguished  from  its  edge. 
 
  5.  (Arch.)  A  floor,  loft,  or  story  in  a  building;  especially, 
  a  floor  of  a  house,  which  forms  a  complete  residence  in 
  itself 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flat 
  adj  1:  having  a  horizontal  surface  in  which  no  part  is  higher  or 
  lower  than  another;  "a  flat  desk";  "acres  of  level 
  farmland";  "a  plane  surface"  [syn:  {level},  {plane}] 
  2:  having  no  depth  or  thickness 
  3:  not  modified  or  restricted  by  reservations;  "a  categorical 
  denial";  "a  flat  refusal"  [syn:  {categoric},  {categorical}, 
  {unconditional}] 
  4:  stretched  out  and  lying  at  full  length  along  the  ground; 
  "found  himself  lying  flat  on  the  floor"  [syn:  {prostrate}] 
  5:  (photography)  lacking  contrast  or  shading  between  tones 
  [ant:  {contrasty}] 
  6:  (music)  lowered  in  pitch  by  one  chromatic  semitone;  "B  flat" 
  [ant:  {natural},  {sharp}] 
  7:  (biology)  flattened  laterally  along  the  whole  length  (e.g., 
  certain  leafstalks  or  flatfishes)  [syn:  {compressed}] 
  8:  lacking  taste  or  flavor  or  tang;  "a  bland  diet";  "insipid 
  hospital  food";  "flavorless  supermarket  tomatoes";  "vapid 
  beer";  "vapid  tea"  [syn:  {bland},  {flavorless},  {flavourless}, 
  {insipid},  {savorless},  {vapid}] 
  9:  lacking  stimulating  characteristics;  uninteresting;  "a  bland 
  little  drama";  "a  flat  joke"  [syn:  {bland}] 
  10:  having  lost  effervescence;  "flat  beer";  "a  flat  cola" 
  11:  not  increasing  as  the  amount  taxed  increases  [syn:  {fixed}] 
  12:  not  made  with  leavening;  "most  flat  breads  are  made  from 
  unleavened  dough"  [syn:  {unraised}] 
  13:  parallel  to  the  ground;  "a  flat  roof" 
  14:  without  pleats  [syn:  {unpleated}] 
  15:  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"  [syn:  {two-dimensional}] 
  16:  (of  a  tire)  completely  or  partially  deflated 
  17:  not  reflecting  light;  not  glossy;  "flat  wall  paint";  "a 
  photograph  with  a  matte  finish"  [syn:  {mat},  {matt},  {matte}, 
  {matted}] 
  18:  lacking  variety  in  shading;  "a  flat  unshaded  painting" 
  n  1:  a  level  tract  of  land 
  2:  a  shallow  box  in  which  seedlings  are  started 
  3:  a  notation  indicating  one  half  step  lower  than  the  note 
  named 
  4:  without  permanent  sides  or  roof  [syn:  {flatcar}] 
  5:  a  deflated  pneumatic  tire  [syn:  {flat  tire}] 
  6:  a  wooden  frame  covered  with  painted  canvas;  part  of  a  stage 
  setting 
  7:  a  suite  of  rooms  usually  on  one  floor  of  an  apartment  house 
  [syn:  {apartment}] 
  adv  1:  at  full  length;  "he  fell  flat  on  his  face" 
  2:  with  flat  sails;  "sail  flat  against  the  wind" 
  3:  below  the  proper  pitch;  "she  sang  flat  last  night" 
  4:  against  a  flat  surface;  "he  lay  flat  on  his  back" 
  5:  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"  [syn:  {directly},  {straight}] 
  [ant:  {indirectly}] 
  6:  wholly  or  completely;  "He  is  flat  broke" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Flat,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  41301 
  Flat,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  76526 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  flat  adj  1.  [common]  Lacking  any  complex  internal  structure. 
  "That  {bitty  box}  has  only  a  flat  filesystem  not  a  hierarchical  one." 
  The  verb  form  is  {flatten}.  2.  Said  of  a  memory  architecture  (like  that 
  of  the  VAX  or  680x0)  that  is  one  big  linear  address  space  (typically  with 
  each  possible  value  of  a  processor  register  corresponding  to  a  unique 
  core  address),  as  opposed  to  a  `segmented'  architecture  (like  that  of  the 
  80x86)  in  which  addresses  are  composed  from  a  base-register/offset  pair 
  (segmented  designs  are  generally  considered  {cretinous}). 
 
  Note  that  sense  1  (at  least  with  respect  to  filesystems)  is  usually 
  used  pejoratively,  while  sense  2  is  a  {Good  Thing}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  flat 
 
  1.  Lacking  any  complex  internal  structure.  "That  {bitty  box} 
  has  only  a  flat  file  system,  not  a  hierarchical  one."  The  verb 
  form  is  {flatten}.  Usually  used  pejoratively  (at  least  with 
  respect  to  file  systems). 
 
  2.  Said  of  a  memory  architecture  like  that  of  the  {VAX}  or 
  {Motorola}  {680x0}  that  is  one  big  linear  address  space 
  (typically  with  each  possible  value  of  a  processor  register 
  corresponding  to  a  unique  address).  This  is  a  {Good  Thing}. 
  The  opposite  is  a  "{segmented}"  architecture  like  that  of  the 
  {Intel  80x86}  in  which  addresses  are  composed  from  a 
  base-register/offset  pair.  Segmented  designs  are  generally 
  considered  cretinous. 
 
  3.  A  flat  {domain}  is  one  where  all  elements  except  {bottom} 
  are  incomparable  (equally  well  defined).  E.g.  the  integers. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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