flat*/*/*/

[flæt] adj I
1) smooth and level on the surface, with no lumps or slopes
The farmland is very flat.[/ex]
a firm flat stomach[/ex]
You need a flat surface to work on.[/ex]
2) not curving inwards or outwards, and not very thick
a monitor with a flat screen[/ex]
3) stretched out, or lying on a surface
She was flat on her back asleep.[/ex]
4) a flat rate or amount is the same in all situations
The bank charges a flat fee of £5 for money transfers.[/ex]
5) lacking emotion, interest, or excitement
The celebrations seemed rather flat.[/ex]
6) said directly and definitely
a flat refusal[/ex]
7) a flat tyre does not have enough air in it
8) British
a flat BATTERY does not have enough power left in it
9) a drink that is flat has lost its gas BUBBLES
10) slightly lower than the musical note that should be played or sung
II
noun [C]
flat */*/[flæt]
1) British
a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building
The family live in a fourth-floor flat.[/ex]
a block of flats (= a building with a lot of flats in it)[/ex]
2) informal
a puncture
the flat of sth — a flat surface or part of something[/ex]
She hit the table with the flat of her hand.[/ex]
III
adv
flat [flæt]
1) stretched out, or lying on a surface
He laid the map out flat on the table.[/ex]
Carole was lying flat on her back.[/ex]
2) informal
in exactly the very short period of time that you mention
I fell asleep in five seconds flat![/ex]
fall flat — to not succeed in entertaining someone or making them laugh[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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