flat - flatly

Flat is usually used as a noun or an adjective, but it is sometimes used as an adverb.
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'flat' used as a noun
In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building.

...a ground floor flat.

See entry at ↑ flat - apartment.
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'flat' used as an adjective or adverb
Something that is flat is not sloping, curved, or pointed.

Every flat surface in our house is covered with junk.

Use a saucepan with a flat base.

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If something lies or rests flat against a surface, all of it is touching the surface.

He was lying flat on his back.

She let the blade of her oar rest flat upon the water.

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Note that you do not say that something lies or rests `flatly' against a surface.
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A flat refusal, denial, or rejection is definite and firm, and not likely to be changed.

He has issued a flat denial of these allegations.

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'flatly'
The adverb corresponding to this meaning of `flat' is flatly, not `flat'.

She has flatly refused to go.

The Norwegians and Danes flatly rejected the evidence.

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Flatly goes in front of verbs like `refuse' and `deny', but you put it after verbs like `say' and `state'.

He flatly refused to accept it.

Many scientists flatly denied the possibility.

He declared flatly that he could not leave his country.

He said flatly that he would accept no cub that had been more than twelve hours captive.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • flat — flat …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Flat — (fl[a^]t), a. [Compar. {Flatter} (fl[a^]t r[ e]r); superl. {Flattest} (fl[a^]t t[e^]st).] [Akin to Icel. flatr, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, OHG. flaz, and AS. flet floor, G. fl[ o]tz stratum, layer.] 1. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flat — or flats may refer to:* Flatness * Flat (music), a symbol which denotes a lower pitch (music|flat) * Flat, an apartment within a residential building * Flat (geometry), the generalization of lines and planes in an n dimensional Euclidean space *… …   Wikipedia

  • Flat — (englisch für flach) steht für eine gerade Kante an der Seite eines Wafers, siehe Flat (Wafer) Flatrate, Pauschaltarif in der Telekommunikationsbranche Flat Tax, ein einstufiger Einkommensteuertarif Flattop, eine Frisur Flat ist Ortsname von:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • flat — 〈[ flæ̣t] Mus.〉 um einen halben Ton erniedrigt, z. B. D flat = Des; Ggs sharp [engl., „flach, tief, erniedrigt“] * * * Flat [flɛt], die; , s (ugs.): Kurzf. von ↑ Flatrate. * * * flat   [flæt; …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Flat — Flat, n. 1. A level surface, without elevation, relief, or prominences; an extended plain; specifically, in the United States, a level tract along the along the banks of a river; as, the Mohawk Flats. [1913 Webster] Envy is as the sunbeams that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat — adj, flat·ter; flat·test 1) being or characterized by a horizontal line or tracing without peaks or depressions <the EEG is ominously flat indicating that her brain function is gone (Don Gold)> 2) characterized by general impoverishment in… …   Medical dictionary

  • flat — ● flat adjectif masculin (ancien français flac, mou) Se dit d un ver à soie atteint de flacherie. ● flat nom masculin (anglais flat, appartement) En Belgique, petit appartement, studio. ● flat (homonymes) nom masculin (anglais flat, appartement) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • flat — 1 adj: not varying a flat rate; specif of a tax: having a rate that remains constant for any taxable base flat 2 adv: without interest charge; esp: without allowance or charge for accrued interest bonds sold flat Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

  • Flat — Flat, v. i. 1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface. Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch. [1913 Webster] {To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a bad ending; to disappoint …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flat-D — is a manufacturer of various activated charcoal products, such as pads, underwear, and cushions, for reducing the odor of flatus. The name stands for flatulence deodorizer. CBS News mentioned the company in their daily Odd Truth roundup of… …   Wikipedia

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