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Flat Flat (fl[a^]t), a. [Compar. {Flatter} (fl[a^]t"r[~e]r);
	     superl. {Flattest} (fl[a^]t"t[e^]st).] [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.
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	              Though sun and moon
	              Were in the flat sea sunk.            --Milton.
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	     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.
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	              What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat! --Milton.
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	              I feel . . . my hopes all flat.       --Milton.
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	     3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without
	        points of prominence and striking interest.
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	              A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.
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	     4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink
	        flat to the taste.
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	     5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit;
	        monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
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	              How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
	              Seem to me all the uses of this world. --Shak.
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	     6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings;
	        depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
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	     7. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive;
	     Syn: flat-out.
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	                Flat burglary as ever was committed. --Shak.
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	                A great tobacco taker too, -- that's flat.
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	     8. (Mus.)
	        (a) Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals,
	            minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A
	        (b) Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.
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	     9. (Phonetics) Sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the
	        sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a
	        nonsonant (or sharp) consonant.
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	     10. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft;
	         -- said of a club.
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	     11. (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.
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	     12. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain
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	     {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.
	     {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.
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	              Of all who fell by saber or by shot,
	              Not one fell half so flat as Walter Scott. --Lord
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	  Flat Flat, adv.
	     1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.
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	              Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. --Herbert.
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	     2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest.
	        [Broker's Cant]
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	  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.
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	              Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a
	              bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.
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	     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.
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	              Half my power, this night
	              Passing these flats, are taken by the tide. --Shak.
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	     3. Something broad and flat in form; as:
	        (a) A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small
	        (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.
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	     4. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of
	        a blade, as distinguished from its edge.
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	     5. (Arch.) A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially,
	        a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in
	        itself; an apartment taking up a whole floor. In this
	        latter sense, the usage is more common in British English.
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	     6. (Mining) A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a
	        main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not
	        elsewhere horizontal. --Raymond.
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	     7. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull. [Colloq.]
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	              Or if you can not make a speech,
	              Because you are a flat.               --Holmes.
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	     8. (Mus.) A character [[flat]] before a note, indicating a
	        tone which is a half step or semitone lower.
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	     9. (Geom.) A homaloid space or extension.
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	  Flat Flat, v. i.
	     1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even
	        surface. --Sir W. Temple.
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	     2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch.
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	     {To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a
	        bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.]
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	  Flat Flat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flatted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
	     1. To make flat; to flatten; to level.
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	     2. To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.
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	              Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted.
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	     3. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to
	        lower in pitch by half a tone.
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