If something is flat, it has little or no height on the surface:
|The land is flat in this part of the country. |
I like to eat flatbread with humus. (We also call this pita bread.)
This is a flat-screen TV.
A tractor roller flattens things like pavement, dirt, or rocks and sand.
The verb form of the word "flat" is "flatten":
flatten / flattened / flattened
A rolling pin flattens dough. ( It’s useful when making a pie or cookies.)
The word "flat" is used to describe a number of different conditions:
- If a person’s hair hangs straight down and looks lifeless, we say it’s flat.
- If a carbonated beverage loses its fizz, it’s flat.
- In some cities in the United States (but not all), it’s common to hear an apartment referred to as a flat.
- A flat voice is one that lacks intonation.
- A flat note is one that is lower in pitch. (Sometimes this is intentional; other times it isn’t.)
- If a group of people don’t laugh at a joke, it falls flat.
- A flat earther is a person who has very little respect for the facts of science.
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Published on December 5, 2012.