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Topic: TRADE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: flatr

flat

1 adjective
     
flat1 S2 W2 comparative flatter, superlative flattest
1

surface

smooth and level, without raised or hollow areas, and not sloping or curving:
houses with flat roofs
a perfectly flat sandy beach
The countryside near there is flat as a pancake (=very flat).
Work on a clean, flat surface.
2

money

BBT a flat rate, amount of money etc is fixed and does not change or have anything added to it:
Clients are charged a flat rate of £250 annually.
We charge a flat fee for car hire.
3

tyre/ball

TTCDS a flat tyre or ball has no air or not enough air in it
4

not deep

not very deep, thick, or high, especially in comparison to its width or length:
The cake came out of the oven flat, not fluffy.
5

drink

DFD a drink that is flat does not taste fresh because it has no more bubbles of gas in it [≠ fizzy]
6

not interesting

[not before noun] a performance, book etc that is flat lacks interest, excitement, or energy:
Arsenal looked flat for large parts of the game.
7

battery

British EnglishHPED a flat battery has lost its electrical power [= dead American English]
Have you checked that the batteries haven't gone flat (=become flat)?
8

business/trade

B if prices, economic conditions, trade etc are flat, they have not increased or improved over a period of time:
Analysts are expecting flat sales in the coming months.
9

E flat/B flat/A flat etc

APM a musical note that is one semitone lower than the note E, B, A etc [↪ sharp, natural]
10

musical sound

APM if a musical note is flat, it is played or sung slightly lower than it should be [≠ sharp]
11

voice

not showing much emotion, or not changing much in sound as you speak:
'He's dead,' she said in a flat voice.
12

a flat refusal/denial etc

a refusal etc that is definite and which someone will not change:
Our requests were met with a flat refusal.
13

be flat on your back

a) to be lying down so that all of your back is touching the floor
b) to be very ill so that you have to stay in bed for a period of time:
I've been flat on my back with the flu all week.
14

shoes

DCC flat shoes have very low heels
15

light

C having little variety of light and dark:
Flat lighting is typical of Avedon's portraits.
16

and that's flat!

British English spoken old-fashioned used to say that you will definitely not change what you have just said [= and that's that]:
I won't go, and that's flat!
flatness noun [uncountable]

➔ in/into a flat spin

at spin2 (6), flat feet
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