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English

Etymology

From Old Norse[1] flatr (Danish flad), akin to German Flöz (geological layer), Sanskrit प्रत्हस् (extension)[2].

Pronunciation

Adjective

flat (comparative flatter, superlative flattest)

Positive
flat

Comparative
flatter

Superlative
flattest

  1. Having no variations in altitude.
    The land around here is flat.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Deflated, especially because of a puncture.
  3. (music, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Lowered by one semitone.
  4. (music) Of a note or voice, lower in pitch than it should be.
  5. (music, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Without variations in pitch.
  6. Of a carbonated drink, with all or most of its carbon dioxide having come out of solution so that the drink no longer fizzes or contains any bubbles.
  7. Uninteresting.
    The party was a bit flat.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Lacking acidity without being sweet.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (having no variations in altitude): bumpy, cratered, hilly (of terrain), rough (of a surface), wrinkled (of a surface)
  • (music: lowered by one semitone): sharp
  • (music: lower in pitch than it should be): sharp

Derived terms

Translations

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  • Indonesian: (1): rata

Adverb

flat

  1. So as to be flat.
    Spread the tablecloth flat over the table.
  2. Bluntly.
    I asked him if he wanted to marry me and he turned me down flat.
  3. (with units of time, distance, etc) Not exceeding.
    He can run a mile in four minutes flat.
  4. Completely.
    I am flat broke this month.

Synonyms

Translations

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Derived terms

Noun

Singular
flat

Plural
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flat ({{{1}}})
  1. An area of level ground.
  2. (music) A note played a semitone lower than a natural, denoted by the symbol sign placed after the letter representing the note (e.g., B♭) or in front of the note symbol (e.g. ♭♪).
  3. (informal) A flat tyre/tire.
  4. (UK) An apartment.
  5. (in plural) A type of ladies' shoes with very low heels.
    She liked to walk in her flats more than in her high heels.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A thin, broad brush used in oil and watercolor/watercolour painting.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

apartment See apartment

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Flat in Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ Sanskrit, OHG and Greek cognates named

Dutch

Noun

flat m. (plural flats, diminutive flatje)

  1. flat, apartment

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /flɑːt/

Verb

flāt

  1. First- and third-person singular preterite form of flītan.

Swedish

Adjective

flat

  1. flat (having no variations in altitude)
    Solen reflekterades i spegelns flata yta.
    The sun was reflected in the flat surface of the mirror.
  2. spineless, being a doormat, abstaining from defending one's convictions
    Han var alldeles för flat mot chefen, och fick inte heller någon löneökning.
    He let the manager walk all over him and did not get a raise.

Synonyms

flat
spineless

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