(usually uncountable, plural flattings)
- (Australia, New Zealand) The practice of living, with others, in a flat.
- (countable) A type of paint that dries with a flat (matt) finish; a coating of such paint.
- The process of applying a coating of flatting paint.
- (countable) A flat part of something, a flattening.
- The process of becoming flat.
- The process of causing something to become flat; the process of flattening something.
- (countable) An instance of a musical note being flatter than intended.
- A method of preserving gilding unburnished, by touching with size.
- The process of forming metal into sheets by passing it between rollers.
VerbSee also: flatlings
- Present participle of flat.
Variant of flat
- having a smooth, level surface; having little or no depression or elevation
- lying extended at full length
- spread out smooth and level
- touching at as many points as possible: with his back flat against the wall
- having little depth or thickness; broad, even, and thin
- having a flat heel or no heel: flat shoes
- designating or having an almost straight or level trajectory or flight
- absolute; positive: a flat denial
- not variable; fixed: a flat rate, a flat tax
- without much business activity: a flat market
- having little or no sparkle or taste; insipid: a flat drink
- having little or no interest; monotonous; dull
- not clear or full; blurred: a flat sound
- ☆ emptied of air: a flat tire
- ☆ Informal completely without money; penniless
- without gloss: flat paint
- lacking relief, depth, or perspective
- uniform in tint or shade
- not having the sign to: said of an infinitive: Ex.: go in “make it go”
- not having an inflectional ending: said esp. of certain adverbs: Ex.: he drove fast
- lower in pitch by a half step: D-flat (D)
- out of tune by being below the true or proper pitch
- Phonet. designating the vowel a when it represents the sound (a) as in had or hat, articulated with the tongue in a relatively level position
- Photog. lacking in contrast
Origin of flatMiddle English ; from Old Norse flatr, akin to Old High German flaz ; from Indo-European an unverified form plāt, plēt-, wide, flat (from source Classical Greek platys, broad, Old English flet, floor) ; from base an unverified form plā-, broad
- in a flat manner; flatly (in various senses)
- in a prone or supine position
- exactly; precisely: to run a race in ten seconds flat
- bluntly; abruptly: she left him flat
- ☆ Finance with no interest
- Music below the true or proper pitch
- a flat surface or part: the flat of the hand, of a sword, etc.
- an expanse of level land
- a low-lying marsh
- a shallow; shoal
- any of various flat things; specif.,
- a shallow box or container, as for growing seedlings
- ☆ flatcar
- a piece of theatrical scenery on a flat frame
- ☆ a deflated tire
- women's flat-heeled shoes or slippers
- Football the area flanking either end of the offensive line
- a note or tone one half step below another
- the sign () indicating such a note
to sing or play below the true or proper pitch
to fail in the desired effect; be completely unsuccessful
- at full speed, with maximum effort, etc.
- clear(ly); definite(ly)