There are 2 main translations of flat in Spanish

: flat1flat2

flat1

plano, adj.

Pronunciation /flæt//flat/

adjective

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (surface) plano
      (countryside) llano
      (nose) chato
      flat ground terreno llano masculine
      • they thought the earth was flat creían que la tierra era plana
      • houses with flat roofs casas con techos planos / con azoteas
      • I found him flat on the floor lo encontré tirado en el suelo
      • to fold sth flat doblar bien algo
      • he laid the map down flat on the table extendió el mapa sobre la mesa
      • the hurricane laid the whole town flat el huracán arrasó la ciudad
      • I lay down flat and tried to relax me tumbé / me tendí e intenté relajarme
      • he pressed flat against the wall as the police went by al pasar la policía se pegó bien a la pared
      • to leave sb flat dejar a algn tirado
      • The terrain is relatively flat, with good cycle and footpath connections to adjacent suburbs.
      • The city sits on high, flat plains 12 miles east of the Rockies.
      • The double-height section between the elevated bedrooms is covered with a flat glass roof.
      • He was standing on a flat desert plain under white clouds and blue sky.
      • Combining the three spaces involved more than removing walls and raising the kitchen's flat ceiling.
      • The stern was dominated by a flat expanse of steel - the helicopter deck.
      • Temporarily prop up the two end trusses on a level, flat surface.
      • The city has rebuilt the flat roofs of about 2,500 houses since 2000.
      • The burglars used a nearby ladder to climb onto a flat roof before forcing open a window.
      • Withdrawing from the edge, I ducked under the rafter of the flat roof.
      • We drive through flat wastelands of scrub and dust.
      • The recommendation now is to use solid black plastic under a mulch on relatively flat surfaces.
      • Some of the youngsters kicked a football at the tiled roof, while others ran along the flat part of the roof jumping from one building to the next.
      • Apparently the five rear seats do come out to leave a flat load area but the process is simply too much like hard work.
      • My creative work today was limited of course but I did manage to walk a little way up the lane to snap a photograph of the view over the flat fields I see all about me.
      • I love the wonderful flat landscape with its wide skies where so many flocks of birds fly freely.
      • Then, at last, it was full steam ahead - along a broad, flat, gravel track.
      • Back home Harry and I returned to our window, to look out at the sad, flat landscape under a sky that was not so much leaden as plain tired.
      • The terrain was flat and unspectacular.
      • For the cod place the rice paper sheets on a flat worksurface.
      • The land is flat, and perhaps it's my imagination, but it appears stunted and less fertile than the hills and mountains to the north east.
      • In contrast, the western half of the route is nearly flat and offers long, expansive views across large sweeps of farmland.
      • The topography of the county ranges from low rolling hills in the north to very flat terrain or gentle sloping ridges in the south.
      • The walk follows flat riverside pastures for virtually all the way, though numerous stiles and kissing gates need to be negotiated and walking boots are essential.
      • The older parts of the university are all built of the same plain light brown brick rising in columns, with long windows between them, and simple flat roofs.
      • Snow lying on a flat field is fairly dormant, but snow lying on a slope is inherently alive, thanks to the pull of gravity.
      • They have to be level, flat and firmly secured to the picture and the wall.
      • The flat roofs that leak need to be replaced, as do the heating system and the windows.
      • Combined with replacement of the flat roof over the front of the building, it is estimated the essential repairs will cost £100,000.
      • The surrounding land is flat and open farmland surrounded by forest.
      • Most of the land is flat, barren tundra where only the top few inches of the frozen earth thaw out during the summer months.
      • Put stones in the narrow area and use flat rocks on top of them.
      • A leaking roof can lead to damage on ceilings and walls, so it is important to replace loose or cracked slates, and get damaged material on flat roofs repaired.
      • It had a large rock central to the area with a flat surface and was bathed in sunlight that had filtered through the canopy of trees.
      • The flat roof in the girls toilet has fallen in so when it rains, it is flooded.
      • The car usually had to be parked on a slope in order to aid ‘bump-starting’ but as the forecourt was flat, we knew that the car would need to be pushed.
      • The animals have long sharp canines and broad flat molars that grind shells.
      • "This is probably a sedimentary rock made up of particles that have accumulated on a fairly flat surface.
      • She said all that was needed was a flat tarmacademed area.
      • They made their way to a large cliff where a big rock sat at the end with a flat surface.
      • Most of the ride is on quiet roads and cycle paths over flat terrain, with the occasional gentle hill.
      • Once the soil is ready, he tamps the beds with a sheet of plywood so the soil is firm and flat.
      • One solution would be to build a new bathroom on top of the flat roof of the kitchen extension, allowing the existing bathroom to be used to mount a staircase to the loft.
      • It stated that the stairwell tower should be reduced in height by removing the pitched roof and replacing it with a flat roof.
      • The bright, flat landscape filled her view, radiant with heat.
      • The huts had flat roofs; some even had things on top of them.
      • The school accused the Council of dragging its heels over a replacement for a flat roof which was constantly being patched up because of leaks.
      • This makes both surfaces as flat and even as possible, to allow for the maximum amount of contact.
      • The park, at the rear of the Memorial Hall car park, was opened earlier this year as an area of flat hard surface.
      • But a way has been found to replace the flat roof that does not interfere with the life of the school, and the work is getting on well.
      • Flanders, in contrast, is a land of flat country and few hills.
      • A fruit and vegetable farm was located on the flat plains of Western Kansas.
      • The television has a perfectly flat plasma display screen.
      • Water simply passes out from the wall, falls against a flat surface and trickles into a surrounding moat.
      • Last year a ten-metre area of flat tarmacadam-type surface was laid down at a cost of around £4,000.
      • Because of the flat terrain, a bicycle is the best form of transportation to use in the city.
      • The backrest folds in an uncomplicated fashion to create a roomy and flat load area.
      • Insulating your flat roof would be a fairly basic DIY job.
      • The nursery building, which was converted in the 1980s, has a flat roof that first started leaking last year.
      • Except for mountain chains in the north and west along the Norwegian border, the land is relatively flat.

    • 1.2

      (heels/tray) bajo
      (dish) llano
      (dish) bajo Chile
      (dish) playo River Plate
      flat shoes zapatos bajos masculine
      • How is it that flat shoes hurt more than high heels?
      • The tube has a flat, wide cap and is meant to be stored upright.
      • We followed the guide as she strode forward on her flat shoes and up the marble staircase past election posters, now already peeling after their usefulness was expended.
      • The guitarist looks like an accountant, the drummer stands up behind his kit to play whilst wearing a flat cap.
      • She had changed from her high heels into flat tennis shoes, and wore a small shoulder purse draped over one shoulder and around her neck.
      • Apparently he left the venue wearing a flat cap.
      • There are theories that men sprinting in flat shoes get out faster than women hampered by heels or waiting to help a colleague.
      • Once outside, Cordelia pulled out a flat aqua cellphone, the size of a playing card when it was closed.
      • Wear thick-soled flat footwear, particularly if you'll be standing on one rung for long periods, and make sure your shoelaces are securely tied.
      • Most men covered their heads with flat wool caps or skullcaps or turbans in a variety of sizes and colours.
      • Approximately 25 cm long, the animal has a flat tail surrounded by a skin-like fin which is used for swimming.
      • She produced a flat black box, a little smaller than a directory.
      • As I live in the country with three young children, a big dog and a pony, it has to be flat shoes or boots most of the time.
      • Pop a jacket over it and you could wear it to a wedding; add a knit and flat sandals, and it's good for daywear.
      • People used to think the earth was flat and the universe revolved around it.
      • In surviving examples, the handle assumes a broad flat circular shape so that the lid could be turned over and function as a bowl or plate for the food held in the container.
      • While you can get away with flat shoes during summer, opt for a slight heel for the colder months.
      • The dancers are in flat slippers, the costumes are in bold autumnal colours of magenta, orange and dark yellow, and the girls have their hair loose.
      • So I'm standing on the platform, and I see an older guy, in quite a distinctive flat cap.
      • I wear flat shoes for walking to work but otherwise it's high heels.
      • Put the discs of cheese in a flat dish, tuck in the sprigs of thyme, the lightly crushed peppercorns and the bay leaves then pour over the olive oil.
      • The guy with the flat cap and hearing aid was standing in the door.
      • I could walk it - and wouldn't even need my flat cap and plastic mac.
      • The women of New York are wearing flat sandals - and looking stunning.
      • Connor, resplendent in blue overcoat and black flat cap, hardly stood still.
      • Quickly coat the orange slices in the caramel and pour on to a flat plate; act with speed otherwise the caramel will set before you can get it out of the saucepan.
      • At least it's a nice purple, Grace had said with a shrug, flouncing towards the car in her nice, black dress, and flat sandals.
      • An itsy-bitsy kitten heel keeps the flat shoe feeling, but give some extra lift to your step.
      • The girl was dressed in a very long black coat and wearing a pair of white flat sandals.
      • It wasn't like this in the flat cap days of my grandfather, but I bet that even he wished that he had two tweed jackets instead of one.
      • Outside the grand clubhouse, you almost expect chaps to be wandering around in plus-fours and flat caps.
      • The beaver uses its flat tail to warn other beavers of danger by slapping the water surface before diving.
      • If high heels are too uncomfortable, why not just wear flat shoes?
      • She scraped her flat shoes across the ground to dislodge any stale mud and walked to the centre of the alley.
      • Swap your sensible flat shoes for heels, add a glittery scarf and statement jewellery.
      • He is the old bloke with the flat cap and the transistor radio, isn't he?
      • Although flat shoes are better for your feet because they reduce the risk of lateral ankle sprains, they also bring their own problems.
      • At the time she was wearing flat shoes, her work uniform and was carrying a handbag over her left shoulder.
      • His flat cap and round rimmed glasses are his trademark.
      • She walked on down the passageway, her soft flat shoes making no sound.

    • 1.3(deflated)

      (ball) desinflado
      (ball) ponchado Mexico
      you have a flat tire / (British) tyre tienes una llanta ponchada Mexico
      • we had a flat tire / (British) tyre on the way se nos ponchó una llanta en el camino
      • the ball/tire went flat la pelota/rueda se desinfló
      • In September last year a gang of vandals left a trail of destruction in Clifton Street when residents woke up to find almost every vehicle on one side of the road had flat tyres.
      • The accident expert would also investigate allegations that the bus had a flat tyre at the time of the accident.
      • The guy says that he is quite happy to help and he closes his car door, the girl showing him to a nearby parking lot where her car sits on a flat tyre.
      • On one particular trip my dad's car got a flat tyre and only just made it to the half-way stop.
      • A youngster was left in tears after his bike was snatched as he fixed a flat tyre.
      • Police believe the gunman struck last Wednesday, as the victim changed a flat tyre on his car after his colleagues had left for the day.
      • In this case, the only damage caused to the civilian was a flat tyre.
      • He soon trades it for a mountain bike with a flat tyre and a modest handful of small gold coins.
      • A woman had been driving down a freeway, and had had a flat tyre.
      • He even rode the last 40 km of the final stage with two flat tyres.
      • When they reached the jeep, Abby noticed that she had a flat tire.
      • You would not run your car with a flat tyre for twelve months without expecting further damage than the burst tyre.
      • To take my mind off what was in store for me, I chatted to the owner of the racing bike next to mine while she efficiently changed a flat tyre tube.
      • His bike had a flat tire, but that was to be expected.
      • Most are untaxed, others carry out-of-date tax discs and virtually all have flat tyres or have been vandalised and are obviously dumped.
      • The first warning came when I first grabbed my bike. My back tire was completely flat.
      • He was picked up because he was driving with a flat tyre.
      • There is nothing you can do about a flat tyre but as a team we have very few mechanical problems as everything is checked thoroughly.
      • Only a flat tyre cost them an even better result.
      • He then discovered he had a flat tyre and took his car back into the garage to deal with it.

  • 2

    • 2.1

      (lemonade/champagne/beer) sin efervescencia
      (lemonade/beer/champagne) sin gas
      • It is shockingly sweet at first - a fizzy drink gone flat in the sun.
      • If your steak is bad or the beer is flat, you return it.
      • My father wrapped me up in his bathrobe and I got to sit up with my parents, drink flat ginger ale and watch TV.
      • Some people make a big fuss about this stuff, which tastes like flat soda pop to me.
      • By now, Archer could be forgiven for thinking that she had earned her right to a quiet life of flat champagne and cheap shopping trips.
      • He took his now flat soda from his jacket and walked into the study to await Monica.
      • Melvin waved hello to her, as he sat at the table with Bill, eating cold pizza and drinking flat soda.
      • Another night of flat champagne, limp canapés and unfamiliar faces?
      • As saccharine as flat cola, it had an added taste of musky, dusky fruit and a hint of molasses.
      • She emailed me to say that they're to keep the drink from going flat.

    • 2.2

      (battery) descargado
      switch off or you'll get a flat battery apaga o se te va a descargar la batería
      • It turned out not to be a straight case of a flat battery.
      • His battery went flat just before the cars were due to go on to the grid and he was forced to start from the pitlane.
      • I went up to Church Road to retrieve my wife's car but by this time the battery had gone flat due to having the lights having been left on.
      • Have you noticed for example, friends and workmates asking you for their best friend's phone number because their mobile battery is flat?
      • Invariably the battery is totally flat on Monday and the car will not start.
      • And you know how, when the battery's flat, your car makes a dispiriting grinding noise as you try starting it?
      • Even to this day I cannot let a car stand for more than about 72 hours without at least starting it to make sure the battery isn't flat.
      • Booked the car in for a thorough inspection of its electrical system, following one flat battery too many.
      • I thought my battery was flat and got out to check the lights.
      • One of the most irksome things that can happen to a mobile phone user is a flat battery, and the charging devices are designed to solve the problem.
      • Bennett ends up having to turn his music down, recharge her van's flat battery, and become her reluctant carer.
      • My 1996 Mercedes suffers a flat battery in just a couple of weeks if left undriven.
      • The car was pushed 20-feet up the street but then abandoned with a flat battery.
      • You need to make sure everything is backed up on your home computer - a flat battery in your PDA can wipe out all your data in one go.
      • I had some shopping to do and jumped in my vehicle only to find the battery was flat.
      • Sometimes the battery was flat and needed topping up.
      • I grabbed the phone and realised the battery was flat; before I'd even got to the phone the car had sped away.
      • They charged me over £100 just to recharge a flat battery - the car broke down again on my way home but luckily on a main road near home.
      • There were two smoke alarms installed in the house, but one had been disconnected and the second had flat batteries.
      • There is just one small problem: the batteries have gone flat.

  • 3

    • 3.1(dull, uninteresting)

      (party/conversation) soso informal
      (joke) sin gracia
      (voice) monótono
      things are rather flat at the office en la oficina todo anda un poco muerto
      • she felt a bit flat estaba un tanto alicaída / baja de moral
      • With no special effects the soundtrack does what it needs to do, although to be honest, it sometimes sounded rather flat and dull.
      • Dana's feminine voice grew quite flat and emotionless, and even a little haunting.
      • My voice was flat and expressionless, edged with steel and contempt for my enemy.
      • At first I assumed this mix would be flat and lifeless - to my surprise it sounded far better than I was hoping.
      • Her voice was flat and emotionless and Ryder wanted to kick himself for making her sound like that.
      • That description was far too flat and emotionless and pain-free.
      • The fact that Cosmos is such a classic tune makes this dull, flat rendition even more of an affront.
      • Finally he spoke in a forced casual tone, causing her to turn, making his voice as flat and uninterested as possible.
      • His voice was flat, void of any emotion, which led Anna to wonder if he felt anything at all about his father.
      • My speaking voice is rather flat, but my singing voice is good.
      • I'd feel inordinately pleased with myself were it not for the fact that the ones I spent all morning doing are rather flat and dull.
      • Her voice is flat, with a halfhearted hitch and no emotional delivery.
      • I have never seen a film where everybody is so uniformly flat.
      • When he did at last speak, his voice was just as flat and emotionless as his eyes.
      • His voice cracked and then went flat, devoid of emotion.
      • This Court production looks gorgeous - the costumes and set are stunning - but feels strangely flat and lifeless.
      • She replied in a flat voice, only putting emotion into certain words.
      • Her voice was flat and emotionless as she shut her eyes again, feeling cool hands and then a damp cloth on her forehead.
      • Autumn's voice was flat, almost monotonous, but it was not uncaring.
      • His speech, delivered without notes, struck observers as both compassionate and professional - while the older man was dull and flat.

    • 3.2(sluggish)

      sales were flat during the last quarter no hubo mucho movimiento en las ventas durante el último trimestre
      • trading was flat hubo poca actividad
      • But sales have been flat for the embattled company, whose CEO was recently ousted.
      • Following two months of flat sales, retail spending rose by 1.3 percent in October.
      • Consumer spending may not look too resilient, given the flat performance of retail sales in October.
      • Overall sales have been flat for five years.
      • Even in years when economic growth is flat or negative, electricity consumption nearly always increases.
      • Locally, hiring is expected to remain virtually flat this year.
      • Even so, its new forecast of flat prices looks plausible and matches my view.
      • The company posted an encouraging increase in pre-tax profit even though turnover remained essentially flat.
      • Here in Australia, retail sales are already flat, apparently because consumers are avoiding using their cars and staying at home.
      • The group said that despite higher volumes, the Republic of Ireland's trading profits were broadly flat in a pretty buoyant market.
      • Wage growth was essentially flat over the past year.
      • Consumer demand is flat and business bankruptcies are rising.
      • At least, flat prices or the absence of inflation is a darn good thing for consumers.
      • Its sales were relatively flat in 2001, due in part to lower gasoline prices affecting its stores with fuel pumps.
      • The overall level of crime is flat and shows the impact the Safer Neighbourhood Teams are having on low-level crime such as shoplifting.
      • Then, late last year, sales were nearly flat and actually declined in some categories.
      • The shop's optimism is set against other major retailers' expectations for flat trading next year.
      • At many companies sales are flat or down - sometimes way, way down.
      • While overall world oil demand was essentially flat in 1993, demand in the Western Pacific rose four percent.
      • The company has been in a prolonged slump, with flat sales in the United States and a stock price to match.

    • 3.3(without contrast)

      (photograph/picture) sin contraste
      • This photograph was flat, with very little contrast and some noticeable scratches, dust spots, pen marks and other discolorations.
      • It was different than other tattoos in the fact that it was in metallic gold, most were done in dull flat colours.
      • Francis Towne was a landscape painter whose idiosyncratic style relied on economic and careful pen outlines and flat muted washes of colour.
      • Two other monitors off to one side emit changing flat colours from their screens, and a dull but insistent techno-type soundtrack.
      • Blasting the subject with a sea of light produces flat, wishy-washy photographs.
      • He used bold, poster-like contrasts of form and colour, with strong black outlines and extensive areas of flat, uniform colour.
      • I have some flat negatives that really need a tonal boost.
      • The textile is placed awkwardly on top of the table, creating areas of strong, flat colour and signalling Matisse's future as a painter.
      • Time passed and the light outside remained the same flat grey as snow kept falling, icing the windows over.
      • His style is stark and angular, relying heavily on the use of flat colour and silhouettes.
      • There are other panels with flat planes of tertiary colour, some with simple linear designs.
      • You sort of notice perspective and lines and flat planes of colour.
      • The walls were more definite in their colour, more flat.

  • 4

    (total, firm)
    (refusal/rejection/denial) rotundo
    (denial/refusal/rejection) categórico
    (denial/refusal/rejection) terminante
    the answer was a flat no la respuesta fue un no rotundo
    • But with an official investigation underway, even a flat denial from head office won't still the rumors.
    • Because the individual himself is at stake during the seduction, he cannot risk a flat refusal from the potential partner.
    • On many occasions they have demanded information on the terms of the deal, but met with a flat refusal.
    • He reacted furiously to the news of the mutiny of the soldiers, rushing to the scene after their flat refusal to fight.
    • That's the best weapon we have against these evil people, our flat refusal to allow them to divert us more than momentarily from our daily lives.
    • Aidan O'Hogan said that he would caution against the introduction of flat fees.
    • If you pay a flat commission rate, the plan will be worth €15,362 after tax at the end of ten years.
    • Amazingly, this sharp slowdown in consumer spending, though lasting for half a year, has been met with flat denial all around.
    • Once we'd agreed on a budget, she explained that she charged a flat fee for her services.
    • This provocative thesis elicits flat denials from both governments.
    • There's a flat fee, based on circulation, just to take advantage of the program.
    • Many online brokers now charge a flat fee of around £10 per trade.
    • Try using a credit card to get your money out and usually there's a flat fee on top of whatever interest charge your credit card will pay you.
    • As an observer, I can testify that the comments made by these powerful and successful people were in flat contradiction to the caricature.
    • The flat denials at the start of the week changed instead to a promise of full co-operation.
    • The news flies in the face of flat denials by the BBC in Glasgow.
    • The flat income tax was seen as a way to create fair taxation.
    • He or she will often charge you a flat fee or an hourly rate.
    • Brokers get a flat commission, plus a smaller annual commission, called a trail.
    • When I reached the desk, I got blank faces and flat refusals.
    • Future revenue would be harvested from a single-rate flat tax on wages or, better still, a stiff sales tax on consumption.
    • So when I brought this helmet home for him to try out, I expected a flat refusal.
    • Most people are astonished how cheap flat fee access could be.
    • My question is this: if a user can pay for the music through a flat fee, why can't the service pay for itself through advertising?
    • Perkins issued a flat denial that he had ever had anything to do with Duke, and he denounced him for good measure.
    • There is also a flat fee of £35 payable to register property deeds with the Registry of Deeds.
    • In 2004, the media has not made an issue over Teresa Heinz's flat refusal to release her tax returns.
    • Firstly, a flat rebuttal of another's opinion is not in itself a statement of fact, simply a disagreement in terms.
    • He cites as helpful such reforms as the launch of a flat income tax.
    • Bank of Ireland offers a service whereby customers can have 90 transactions in return for a flat fee of £9 per quarter.
    • Only two ministers opposed the Labour Cabinet's proposal for a flat income tax in December 1987.
    • It also pointed out that solicitors receive a flat fee from legal aid and stand to lose earnings if a case is adjourned.
    • And there does seem to be a pretty flat contradiction between those two points.
    • Media bias is not exclusive to Australia, nor is the flat denial of its existence by those who clearly display it.
    • Well, I know it came out like a flat denial, and I think one of the things I can do is clear it up.
    • He couldn't afford to take it, not as it currently stood, but a flat refusal would stiffen the old man's position.
    • Revenue growth in its core publishing business was flat last year.
    • Then comes the flat proclamation that nothing happened to civilians; nothing whatever.
    • The centrepiece of the reforms is the introduction of a flat income tax rate of 20 percent and the dismantling of social services.
    • Instead of taking a percentage cut of a bond's face value, some charge a flat fee.
  • 5

    • 5.1Music
      (referring to key)

      bemol
      A flat la bemol masculine
      • As with the sharp key signatures, there is an easy way to determine the key of a particular flat key signature.
      • Without moving up or down the fingerboard more than one fret, you should be able to pick out each successive sharp or flat key and play that Major scale.

    • 5.2(too low)

      you're flat (por cantar / tocar demasiado bajo) (por cantar o tocar demasiado alto) estás desafinando

  • 6

    (fixed)
    (price/rate/charge) fijo
    (price/charge/rate) uniforme
  • 7British

    Sport
    (before noun) de carreras de caballos sin obstáculos
    200m flat 200m planos
    • The horse has not yet raced this Flat turf season as she awaits suitably fast ground but it seems the time is now fast approaching.
    • The official minimum riding weight is 10 st over the jumps, while any Flat jockey weighing in at 9st or more will not survive in the trade for long.
    • As promised, since it's that time of year, here are my Ten To Follow for the Flat season ahead.
    • Ayr Racecourse will host its first Ladies' Night of the Flat season on Thursday when Regional Racing will also make its Scottish debut.
    • The Flat season had just ended and he was going to make the most of it.
  • 8

    articulada con poca tensión muscular, característica de ciertos dialectos regionales

  • 9US informal

    (broke)
    to be flat estar pelado informal
  • 10US

    (matte)
    mate

adverb

  • 1

    • 1.1(categorically)

      (refuse/turn down) de plano
      (refuse/turn down) categóricamente
      I told him flat that I would not go le dije de plano / sin más que no iba a ir
      • The price of this independence was that now, yet again, they were flat broke.
      • So Lucas called Dad and Dad said he was flat broke and we'd have to get the money from Mum.
      • And, many times I'm flat broke because I also have to support my wife who is jobless.
      • They were flat broke, but the brothers still had some Marshall gear the label had bought for them.
      • I made an enemy that day by turning him down flat.
      • He wanted to go south, but his van was unreliable and he was flat broke.
      • In fact, as Kwan readies himself for the fight, dubbed May Day Mayhem, he is flat broke.
      • You'll either be turned down flat or you'll be charged a higher-than-usual interest rate.
      • Eriksson has millions on deposit but in the bank of goodwill the guy is flat broke.
      • Their credibility is in shreds and they are flat broke, but they still have one very saleable asset - notoriety.

    • 1.2(exactly)

      it took him two hours flat tardó dos horas justas / exactas
      • It shot into the charts at number 10, unheard of in those days, but stalled well short of the expected number 1 slot and vanished from the charts in six weeks flat.
      • The last leg, a distance of 70-odd km, was covered in six hours flat.
      • Shot extensively in Bangkok and Thailand, the film was completed in 35 days flat.
      • It imploded and came crumbling down all around the grounds in 37 seconds flat.
      • Soon I could knock off a set in about 20 minutes flat, including cleaning up.
      • In no time flat the available walls were full of public notices, goods and services for sale, community event posters and news from the animal shelter.
      • To them, it did not matter that the actress turned up 30 minutes late or that she whizzed in and out of the store in 20 minutes flat.
      • Even conversations with friends were completed in under 3 minutes flat.
      • The large chains also home deliver but not in 10 minutes flat.
      • I'd never have got that job done in two hours flat on my own.
      • The art directors did a super job in four hours flat to convert the garage into the movie production office within the film.
      • A second site done shortly afterward was completed in two days flat, largely due to efficiencies gained in diverting the creek.
      • He could completely clear the husk of a coconut in 34 seconds flat.
      • Bookshops this Christmas are piled high with short novelty volumes knocked off by their authors in a couple of hours flat.
      • It didn't stop me being ready in about 30 minutes flat, though.
      • But a note at the end asserts that this document was produced in three weeks flat after a Senate demand and was accordingly sloppy and full of errors.
      • He is not happy because the new stadium is not being built in 10 minutes flat.
      • The language of the book is simple and straight and its fine printing makes it all the more easy to complete reading the book in 24 hours flat!
      • She was at the house in 10 minutes flat.
      • In five years flat, it has given the city a remarkable facelift.

    • 1.3US informal

      (as intensifier) completamente
      see also broke

  • 2

    Music
    (play/sing) demasiado bajo
    • If you have to hit a high note or you hear yourself singing flat, raise your arms a little higher and smile.
    • You need to get a better instrument, or you will have to live with playing flat all the time.

noun

  • 1

    • 1.1(surface)

      (of sword) cara de la hoja feminine
      (of hand) palma feminine
      I hit him with the flat of my hand le di una bofetada
      • She stepped aside again and cracked him in the back of the head with the flat of her sheathed sword.
      • I grabbed it, and pressed the flat of the blade against my wrist.
      • As soon as their swords parted, he struck him in the side with the flat of his blade.
      • She slapped his side with the flat of her blade, calmly adding injury to insult before walking away.
      • Lay clove on cutting board and smash with the flat of a knife blade.
      • He was constantly hitting Adrian's side with the flat of his blade.
      • Along the flat of the sword more patterns and words were inscribed.
      • I lashed out and caught the side of his helmet with the flat of my blade.
      • On a big chopping board, smash the garlic cloves with the flat of a big knife.
      • Luckily I knocked them out pretty good with the flat of my sword.
      • The flat of the blade cracked across the back of Lexa's head, knocking her to the ground, the fall jarring her sword from her grip.

    • 1.2(level ground)

      llano masculine
      terreno llano masculine
      • Major flooding occurred on the Thomson and Avon Rivers, and the Mitchell River flooded many hectares of vegetable crops on the river flats and cut the highway.
      • It's used to patrol for trespassers, set up live firing targets and recover rounds from the sand and tidal flats.
      • Groupers, jacks and barracuda seek refuge in the wrecks, while large marble rays cruise the sandy flats.
      • I set the hook, stuffed the rod high and the fish moved off fast across the flats towards the deep water.
      • They were scattered over a mile area and unreachable because of water channels in the flats.
      • Traditional places to try would be the sand flats in the area below the ferry and around Pimlico Island.
      • The workers had begun to remove the supports about her hull in order to free the cradle that held her and begin dragging her onto the tide flats.
      • I've been to mud flats where there's a six-foot difference between high tide and low tide.
      • Many surface flows, supplied mainly from leaks in the ocean entry tubes, are also observed in the coastal flats near the ocean.
      • This encourages clam spat to settle out in areas of the flats currently devoid of clam stocks.
      • He explains that because of the unstable ground on the river flats, holes dug for the foundations kept caving in.
      • Every degree of added warmth only whets the fishes' appetites and draws them nearer to the flats.
      • I reach a small flat and remove my pack, look down, and see Asia about 50 feet away.

  • 2

    Music
    bemol masculine
    • His scale organizes the notes into octaves, with sharps and flats in between.
    • By remembering a simple pattern one can determine the amount of sharps and flats in a major chord.
    • The flats and sharps are placed on the printed page accordingly.
    • Sharps and flats are introduced near the end of the book, but different key signatures are not discussed or used in Book 1.
    • The two flats cancel out the one given sharp, leaving one flat remaining - the resulting key, the one we need to play in, is F.
  • 3

    Theatre
    bastidor masculine
    • The set - lots of slatted flats - keeps moving around a lot, without ever looking different.
    • Banks of paintings can be pulled out, like stage flats.
    • You open and close the curtain, set up the flats and backdrops, and check to make sure that everything is going right backstage.
    • The set is made up solely of movable sea-blue coloured flats, so to speak the empty hull of a baroque stage apparatus.
    • The second Act seemed to be set in a corridor-as-waiting-room typical of many hospitals I have visited, but with the rear wall being a flat of painted forest.
  • 4British

    Sport
    the flat (racing) las carreras de caballos sin obstáculos
  • 5

    (puncture)
    pinchazo masculine
    to get a flat pinchar
    • Also, puncture flats will leak more slowly allowing racers to ride longer until support reaches them, or possibly make it back to the pits in a criterium.
    • The reason for this is if you get a flat in that tire, you will have to take the whole track off to change the tire.
    • If there's too much camber on one side of a tire, overwear is imminent, and so is a flat.
    • I remember Bob kept getting flats and we were out of spares, so we had to use the patch kit.
    • And usually when one tire blows out, the tire adjacent to the flat can blowout easily from the increased pressure.
    • You don't want to be the idiot who makes the whole ride stop for 20 minutes while you fix a flat.
    • You always have a light where you're looking-handy for fixing a flat or broken chain.
    • Negotiating a bike downhill, through a peloton, with a front flat at over 65 kph is not good.
    • As far as repairing a flat on the road, we haven't yet finalized how riders will be able to achieve this.
    • Coupled with my broken chain and another rider's flat, it definitely put a crimp in our mileage.
    • Before they can confirm any details, the car gets a flat.
    • When emerging from the club, my back tire got a flat.
    • Late in the afternoon, when he hadn't returned, she worried he'd had a flat.
  • 6flats plural

    • 6.1

      (low-lying ground) llano masculine
      (sandbanks) bancos de arena masculine
      mud flats marismas feminine

    • 6.2US (shoes)

      zapatos bajos masculine
      zapatos de taco bajo Southern Cone
      zapatos de piso Mexico
      • A moccasin is the must-have shoe in a stylish high-heel or casual flat.
      • Flats are great with a mini skirt or dress but when it comes to heels, the higher the better!
      • In the end, I settled for this pair of flats (in cream & black) from Top Shop.
      • There's nothing quite like a pretty pair of flats to top off any casual outfit.
      • For years, the ballerina flat was the shoe of choice to wear with cropped pants.
      • I simply adore these polka dot flats and platforms.
      • Another closet staple for last year and this year still, are flats.
      • Try a ballerina flat, or an open mule with a smartly shaped heel.


transitive verb

US
Music

  • 1

    bajar de tono
    • With its visceral tritones and flatted seconds, the band's sound revolved more around the riff than the song.
    • One piece includes blues-like flatted thirds written as D-sharps and a few later pieces involve E-flat and B-flat accidentals that suggest dominant seventh harmony.
    • All this Taylor achieves with subtle elisions and slides and what are often the most fleeting of flatted notes.
    • There is a lot of ‘bent pitch’ - momentary flatting or sharping of the main pitch - in these performances.
    • I saw that life was not like books at all, but more like headlines-barroom brawls, a blues song sung with flatted notes.

There are 2 main translations of flat in Spanish

: flat1flat2

flat2

apartamento, n.

Pronunciation /flat//flæt/

noun

British

  • 1

    (apartment)
    apartamento masculine
    departamento masculine Latin America
    piso masculine Spain
    • A number of residents have objected saying they would either prefer a small number of large residential homes to flats, or no homes at all.
    • There are around 120 flats in the tower block, with six flats on each floor.
    • These range from one bed room flats to five bedroom houses, with 44 affordable homes and 30 low cost starter homes.
    • Plans had been submitted to City of York Council to build four flats in the building, and another 20 in newly-built blocks in the grounds.
    • The majority of the residents of the flats and bungalows are elderly.
    • Under the plans, the pub would be demolished and a three-storey building housing the flats would be built.
    • The development will offer parking space in the basement, commercial facilities on the ground floor, and residential flats on floors one to nine.
    • Residents in blocks of flats had begun to club together to buy generators.
    • The surgery would be in one of two six to eight-storey residential buildings, including 133 flats, 48 of which would be for affordable housing.
    • The developer wants to convert the 100-year-old building into eight flats, two town houses and two starter homes.
    • Future years will see 23-storey office blocks, supermarkets, arts buildings, more flats and housing.
    • A disabled resident of a block of council flats constantly attacked by arsonists has called for the building to be demolished.
    • In contrast, most British residential blocks of flats were built by local authorities in the 1950s - 70s.
    • Today these historical buildings house a mix of flats, maisonettes and townhouses, and one conversion has just come on the market.
    • A campaign has started by residents to stop plans for a three-storey block of flats in the garden of an empty house.
    • The building of flats and apartments alone will not solve the city's housing issue.
    • A brave neighbour ran into a smoke-logged block of flats to wake residents after one of the apartments caught fire.
    • This spurred construction of apartment buildings with several flats per floor.
    • Residents in flats and homes in the town centre are also being urged to join the scheme.
    • Residents of four flats in the terraced building above the centre were safely evacuated but the animals were not so fortunate.