Dictionary » F » Flats



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. 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. Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; a flat. Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.

9. Sonant; vocal; applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant (or sharp) consonant. Flat arch.

(Science: geometry) a coat of water colour of one uniform shade. To fall flat, 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)

Origin: akin to Icel. Flatr, Sw. Flat, dan. Flad, OHG. Flaz, and as. Flet floor, g. Flotz stratum, layer.

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 flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught.

a straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned.

(Science: machinery) a car without a roof, the body of which is a platform without sides; a platform car.

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. A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially, a floor of a house, which forms 884

a complete residence in itself.

6. (Science: chemical) a horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal.

7. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull. Or if you can not make a speech, Because you are a flat. (Holmes)

8. A character [<flat/] before a note, indicating a tone which is a half step or semitone lower.

9. (Science: geometry) a homaloid space or extension.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

your answers

... of this nature are usually staked.However, based on the depth of the holding cells in the flat appropriate support could not be established. The flats were moved to a cart which was used for the movement of physics equipment and strings were tied off to the top rack and strung downward to within ...

See entire post
Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Marrowfat Peas
Replies: 51
Views: 44928

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,228 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link