flat


flat
flat, flatly
The dominant adverbial form flatly is always used figuratively with words of denial and rejection such as contradict, deny, oppose, refuse, and reject. Flat is used in fixed expressions such as flat broke and turn something down flat, and to mean ‘exactly and no more’ as in two minutes flat. Flat is only semi-adverbial, and mainly adjectival, in uses such as The ladder was standing flat against the wall.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • flat — flat …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flat — or flats may refer to:* Flatness * Flat (music), a symbol which denotes a lower pitch (music|flat) * Flat, an apartment within a residential building * Flat (geometry), the generalization of lines and planes in an n dimensional Euclidean space *… …   Wikipedia

  • flat — 〈[ flæ̣t] Mus.〉 um einen halben Ton erniedrigt, z. B. D flat = Des; Ggs sharp [engl., „flach, tief, erniedrigt“] * * * Flat [flɛt], die; , s (ugs.): Kurzf. von ↑ Flatrate. * * * flat   [flæt; …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Flat — (englisch für flach) steht für eine gerade Kante an der Seite eines Wafers, siehe Flat (Wafer) Flatrate, Pauschaltarif in der Telekommunikationsbranche Flat Tax, ein einstufiger Einkommensteuertarif Flattop, eine Frisur Flat ist Ortsname von:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Envy is as the sunbeams that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat — adj, flat·ter; flat·test 1) being or characterized by a horizontal line or tracing without peaks or depressions <the EEG is ominously flat indicating that her brain function is gone (Don Gold)> 2) characterized by general impoverishment in… …   Medical dictionary

  • flat — ● flat adjectif masculin (ancien français flac, mou) Se dit d un ver à soie atteint de flacherie. ● flat nom masculin (anglais flat, appartement) En Belgique, petit appartement, studio. ● flat (homonymes) nom masculin (anglais flat, appartement) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • flat — 1 adj: not varying a flat rate; specif of a tax: having a rate that remains constant for any taxable base flat 2 adv: without interest charge; esp: without allowance or charge for accrued interest bonds sold flat Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

  • Flat — Flat, adv. 1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly. [1913 Webster] Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest. [Broker s Cant] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flat — Flat, v. i. 1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface. Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch. [1913 Webster] {To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a bad ending; to disappoint …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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