• Flat-bottomed Vessel of Bronze Open-work Bearing The Cartouches of Pharaoh KhÎti I
    Flat-bottomed Vessel of Bronze Open-work Bearing The Cartouches of Pharaoh KhÎti I
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flatness inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy "the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
    • n flatness the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
    • n flatness the property of having two dimensions
    • n flatness a deficiency in flavor "it needed lemon juice to sharpen the flatness of the dried lentils"
    • n flatness a want of animation or brilliance "the almost self-conscious flatness of Hemingway's style"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles
Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat
Brushes.—Flat Bristle Brushes.—Flat Bristle
How to use the paddle and a flat-bottomed rowboat How to use the paddle and a flat-bottomed rowboat
Work of Round-headed and Flat-headed Borers in Pine Work of Round-headed and Flat-headed Borers in Pine
A Flat Boat A Flat Boat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The strike note of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is e-flat
    • flatness Depression of tone; the state of being below the true pitch; -- opposed to sharpness or acuteness.
    • flatness Eveness of surface; want of relief or prominence; the state of being plane or level.
    • flatness The quality or state of being flat.
    • flatness Want of variety or flavor; dullness; insipidity.
    • flatness Want of vivacity or spirit; prostration; dejection; depression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most toilets flush in E flat
    • n flatness The state or quality of being flat. Planeness of surface; absence of curvature; also, loosely, smoothness.
    • n flatness Graveness of sound, as opposed to sharpness, acuteness, or shrillness.
    • n flatness Absoluteness; completeness.
    • n flatness In music, the quality or state of being below a true or given pitch.
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  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some folks won't look up until they are flat on their backs”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Common sense is what tells us the Earth is flat and the Sun goes around it.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”
  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “I have a Vision of the Future, chum. The workers flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.”


Flat as a pancake - It is so flat that it is like a pancake- there is no head on that beer it is as flat as a pancake.
Flat out - If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
Flat out like a lizard drinking - (AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.


In literature:

Remember our walk to Chipp's Flat, the last time you were here?
"Forty-one Thieves" by Angelo Hall
She had been born ugly; with broad, flat face like unto the moon at full, or a dish.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Lay it on a flat surface and stretch wider with the fingers on the inside, keeping the leaf flat with the palm of the hand.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
So now he lived with George and Nettie in the five-room flat on South Park Avenue, just across from Washington Park.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
We're going over to the flats.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Reeds and rushes grow in abundance along the flat shores of the Hamun, but no trees.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
This flat closed, and then opened by a little pass into another flat.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
It is itself mounted on a flat car.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Now you come along to my flat, and I'm going to give you a good breakfast and start you fair again.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
Three flat" (flat boats used for rice field work) "carry two hundred 'o people and all they things.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

But the cold dew spoiled their instruments
And they play for the foolish queen no more.
Instead those sturdy malcontents
Play sharps and flats in my kitchen floor.
"Crickets On A Strike" by Vachel Lindsay
I have looked on the face of the Bore, of the Bore;
The voice of the Simple I know;
I have welcomed the Flat at my door, at my door;
I have sat by the side of the Slow;
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Oh, what shall I say? My heart sinks low;
My fingers are cold, and my hand too flat,
Is love to be measured by handfuls so;
And you know that I love you—without that."
"The Well Of Saint John" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I met the Bishop on the road
And much said he and I.
'Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
Those veins must soon be dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul sty.'
"Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop" by William Butler Yeats
The shadow of Dawn;
Stillness and stars and over-mastering dreams
Of Life and Death and Sleep;
Heard over gleaming flats, the old, unchanging sound
Of the old, unchanging Sea.
"The Shadow Of Dawn" by William Ernest Henley
Pick upon pick in the sun at the sea edge
the prisoners sing and longer the raw trench
runs, and the hourglass white sand marks their time
and the tide treads its limits, flat as oil
"Pick Upon Pick . . ." by Alexander Comfort

In news:

But the walls stay down and flat during normal, day-to-day operations.
IPad 2 Will Have Flat Back, Smaller Bezel , Better Speaker.
Didn't get on the water till 8:15, but getting bait didn't take long on the flats.
It is gorgeous on the plate, but disappointingly flat on the palate.
While at Chrysler from 1992 to 2004, he helped develop the Stow 'n' Go fold-flat seating system for minivans.
The Gyre is designed to show off your flat screen or book collection.
Hi, I have a flat screen LCD mounted on the front wall, and I want to put all my components in the back of the room in a bookcase with doors.
Collapses and folds flat into carrying pouch.
The cutthroat US flat-panel television business has humbled many well-known brands.
Fresh Flat Bread Corn Tortillas and Tomato Salsa.
AMA Pro Flat Track Series.
The XD 400 Series from Pad Print Machinery of Vermont is a line digital computer -to-print systems that use drop-on-demand inkjet technology and UV inks to print on flat and semi-flat surfaces XD-400 supports a 15.7-sq-in.
Can I flat tow this vehicle behind my diesel motorhome.
Christian Siriano's style pervades his New York flat.
Designed for wireless and general-purpose applications from 800 to 2500 MHz, the AM1650DC838 directional coupler provides 6 dB of coupling with flatness of 1 dB across its frequency range.

In science:

This work resulted in the “Flat Galaxy Catalog” (FGC, Karachentsev et al. 1993) and the “Revised Flat Galaxy Catalog” (RFGC, Karachentsev et al. 1999).
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
These optical all-sky surveys are supplemented by the near-infrared “The 2MASSselected Flat Galaxy Catalog” (Mitronova et al. 2004).
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
Hitchin, “Flat Connections And Geometric Quantization,” Commun.
The Omega Deformation, Branes, Integrability, and Liouville Theory
Also, the Flat and Intermediate regimes are quite restrictive.
The Forgetfulness of Balls and Bins
For k = n, for example, n − O(√n) of the ai ’s are exactly 1 in both the Flat and Intermediate regimes. A randomly chosen initial planting will be Hilly with high probability.
The Forgetfulness of Balls and Bins