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  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. 




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