[ adjective ] having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another
"a flat desk" "acres of level farmland" "a plane surface"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
Place flat palms on either side of the head a_few inches away from the ears , fingers pointing toward the shoulders .(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
It consists_of two blocks with flat surfaces held apart by shims .
However , they do demonstrate the presence of large normal pressures in the presence of flat shear fields which were forecast by the theory in the first part of the paper .(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)
The top of the sample was nearly flat and the bottom hemispherical .(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)
In their very first collages , Braque and Picasso draw or paint over and on the affixed paper or cloth , so that certain_of the principal features of their subjects as depicted seem to thrust_out into real , bas-relief space - or to be about to do so - while the rest of the subject remains imbedded in , or flat upon , the surface .
[ adjective ] having no depth or thickness
Used in print(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)
It was the collage that made the terms of_this dilemma clear : the representational could be restored and preserved only on the flat and literal surface now that illusion and representation had become , for_the_first_time , mutually_exclusive alternatives .
Large planes juxtaposed with other large planes tend to assert themselves as independent shapes , and to_the_extent that they are flat , they also assert themselves as silhouettes ; and independent silhouettes are apt to coincide with the recognizable contours of the subject from which a picture starts ( if it does start from a subject ) .
Only when the collage had been exhaustively translated into oil , and transformed by this translation , did Cubism become an affair of positive color and flat , interlocking silhouettes whose legibility and placement created allusions to , if_not the illusion of , unmistakable three-dimensional identities .
Some time in 1912 , Picasso cut_out and folded a piece_of_paper in the shape of a guitar ; to this he glued and fitted other pieces_of_paper and four taut strings , thus creating a sequence of flat surfaces in real and sculptural space to which there clung only the vestige of a picture_plane .(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
Beneath his clutch , a flat strip of muscle surged on the bone .
[ adjective ] not modified or restricted by reservations
"a categorical denial" "a flat refusal"
Used in print(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)
Three seconds flat is the usual time , and the space is crossed by moderate mileage , while the overwhelming immensity of such journeys must be conceived as a static pulsation through an enormous number of coexistent frequencies which perpetuate all events .
[ adjective ] (photography) lacking contrast or shading between tones
Used in print(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)
Unlike many decorative patterns that present a static flat convention , this artist 's pictures are full of atmosphere and climate .
[ noun ] a shallow box in which seedlings are started
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
I started the seed in a flat in June and set_out the little pansies in a cold_frame .
[ adverb ] at full length
"he fell flat on his face"
Used in print(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
Russ gave him a brutal thrust that tumbled him over flat on his stomach .
[ adjective ] parallel to the ground
"a flat roof"
[ adjective ] lacking variety in shading
"a flat unshaded painting"
[ adjective ] (of a tire) completely or partially deflated
[ adjective ] having lost effervescence
"flat beer" "a flat cola"
[ adverb ] wholly or completely
"He is flat broke"
[ adverb ] against a flat surface
"he lay flat on his back"
[ adverb ] with flat sails
"sail flat against the wind"
[ adverb ] below the proper pitch
"she sang flat last night"
[ noun ] (housing) a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house