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Flat vs. Matte: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Flat and matte are both types of paint finishes. Flat has no shine and hides imperfections but is less durable. Matte has a subtle sheen, is more durable, and offers some washability.
Flat vs. Matte

Key Differences

Flat surfaces are characterized by their complete smoothness and lack of texture, often presenting a uniform appearance. Matte finishes, while also smooth, are distinguished by their lack of shine, creating a subdued and non-reflective look.
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In the context of paint, flat paint absorbs light, providing no reflection, which can conceal surface imperfections. Matte, although similar in its low-reflectivity, offers a slight sheen and is more durable than flat paint, often used in high-traffic areas.
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Photography differentiates the two with flat often referring to a lack of contrast and saturation, giving a washed-out appearance. Matte photographs, on the other hand, have a non-glossy finish, reducing glare and providing a softer aesthetic.
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In digital design, a flat design emphasizes simplicity and minimalism, using no gradients or shadows. Matte design, while also minimal, may incorporate subtle textures or depth, avoiding any form of glossiness or sheen.
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In the fashion world, flat colors refer to solid, uniform colors without gradients or patterns. Matte fabrics, conversely, are known for their non-shiny surface, offering a sophisticated, understated look.
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Comparison Chart

Finish

Completely smooth, no texture
Dull, non-reflective
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Light Reflection

Absorbs light, no reflection
Low reflection, slight sheen
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Durability

Less durable, good for low-traffic areas
More durable, suited for high-traffic areas
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Usage in Photography

Refers to lack of contrast and saturation
Non-glossy finish, reduces glare
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Usage in Fashion

Solid, uniform colors without patterns
Non-shiny surface, sophisticated look
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Flat and Matte Definitions

Flat

Lacking interest or emotion; dull.
His voice was flat and monotonous.
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Matte

Having a dull, non-reflective surface.
The matte finish on the vase was elegant.
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Flat

Lacking in volume or not sharp.
The singer hit a flat note during the performance.
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Matte

A dull and flat color or material.
The artist preferred a matte for her paintings.
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Flat

An apartment on one level of a building.
She lives in a two-bedroom flat.
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Matte

Lacking luster or shine.
The matte black car stood out among the others.
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Flat

Having a smooth, even surface
A flat field.
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Matte

A frame or border for a picture.
He placed the photo in a black matte.
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Flat

Having a relatively broad level surface in relation to thickness or depth
A flat box.
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Matte

Variant of mat2.
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Flat

Being in horizontal position; lying down
Flat on his back.
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Matte

An opaque border or pattern placed between a source of light and a photosensitive surface to prevent exposure of specified portions of the surface.
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Flat

Being without slope or curvature
A flat line on a chart.
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Matte

A map specifying how two electronic images of the same size and shape are to be cropped for combination into a single image.
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Flat

Having a low heel or no heel
Flat shoes.
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Matte

A kind of paint that dries to a dull finish.
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Flat

Free of qualification; absolute
A flat refusal.
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Matte

A mixture of a metal with its sulfides, produced by smelting the sulfide ores of copper, lead, or nickel.
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Flat

Fixed; unvarying
A flat rate.
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Matte

Having a dull finish.
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Flat

Lacking interest or excitement; dull
A flat scenario.
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Matte

A decorative border around a picture used to inset and center the contents of a frame.
The image is a perfect square of 8 cm (with white matte border the total dimensions are 14 cm tall by 11 cm wide).
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Flat

Lacking in flavor
A flat stew that needs salt.
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Matte

(cinema) A background, often painted or created with computers
Matte painting is a tool that filmmakers can use to create a scene that is impossible to achieve with conventional cinematographic means.
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Flat

Having lost effervescence or sparkle
Flat beer.
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Matte

(pyrometallurgy) The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals.
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Flat

Deflated. Used of a tire.
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Matte

(American spelling) Dull; not reflective of light.
Flat or matte paint allows a deep color expression on the walls while also hiding flaws that may be inherent on the painted surface.
A matte lipstick
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Flat

Electrically discharged. Used of a storage battery.
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Matte

A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by alternately roasting and melting copper ore in separating the metal from associated iron ores, and called coarse metal, fine metal, etc., according to the grade of fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but on a fresh surface is yellow or bronzy in color.
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Flat

Of or relating to a horizontal line that displays no ups or downs and signifies the absence of physiological activity
A flat electroencephalogram indicates a loss of brain function.
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Matte

A dead or dull finish, as in gilding where the gold leaf is not burnished, or in painting where the surface is purposely deprived of gloss.
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Flat

Of or relating to a hierarchy with relatively few tiers or levels
A flat organization chart.
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Matte

Having a dull, lusterless surface finish; opposed to glossy or polished; as, a matte photograph; a proof coin with matte figures on a polished field.
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Flat

Commercially inactive; sluggish
Flat sales for the month.
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Matte

A mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
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Flat

Unmodulated; monotonous
A flat voice.
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Matte

The property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
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Flat

Lacking variety in tint or shading; uniform
"The sky was bright but flat, the color of oyster shells" (Anne Tyler).
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Matte

Change texture so as to become matted and felt-like;
The fabric felted up after several washes
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Flat

Not glossy; matte
Flat paint.
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Matte

Not reflecting light; not glossy;
Flat wall paint
A photograph with a matte finish
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Flat

Being below the correct pitch.
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Matte

To produce a non-glossy finish.
She decided to matte the photograph.
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Flat

Being one half step lower than the corresponding natural key
The key of B flat.
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Flat

Designating the vowel a as pronounced in bad or cat.
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Flat

(Nautical) Taut. Used of a sail.
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Flat

(Informal) Having small breasts.
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Flat

Level with the ground; horizontally.
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Flat

On or up against a flat surface; at full length.
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Flat

So as to be flat.
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Flat

Directly; completely
Went flat against the rules.
Flat broke.
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Flat

Exactly; precisely
Arrived in six minutes flat.
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Flat

(Music) Below the intended pitch.
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Flat

(Business) Without interest charge.
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Flat

A flat surface or part.
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Flat

Often flats A stretch of level ground
Salt flats.
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Flat

A shallow frame or box for seeds or seedlings.
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Flat

A movable section of stage scenery, usually consisting of a wooden frame and a decorated panel of wood or cloth.
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Flat

A flatcar.
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Flat

A deflated tire.
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A shoe with a flat heel.
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Flat

A large flat piece of mail.
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A horse that competes in a flat race. Also called runner.
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Flat

A sign (♭) used to indicate that a note is to be lowered by a semitone.
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Flat

A note that is lowered a semitone.
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Flat

(Football) The area of the field to either side of an offensive formation.
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Flat

An apartment on one floor of a building.
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Flat

(Archaic) A story in a house.
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Flat

To make flat; flatten.
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Flat

(Music) To lower (a note) a semitone.
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Flat

To sing or play below the proper pitch.
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Flat

Having no variations in height.
The land around here is flat.
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Flat

In a horizontal line or plane; not sloping.
A flat roof
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Flat

Smooth; having no protrusions, indentations or other surface irregularities, or relatively so.
The surface of the mirror must be completely flat.
The carpet isn't properly flat in that corner.
She has quite a flat face.
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Flat

(slang) Having small or invisible breasts and/or buttocks.
That girl is completely flat on both sides.
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Flat

Without variation in level, quantity, value, tone etc.
The exchange rate has been flat for several weeks.
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Flat

At a consistently depressed level; consistently lacklustre.
Sales have been flat all year, and we've barely broken even.
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Flat

Of fees, fares etc., fixed; unvarying.
A flat fee
Flat rates
A flat fare on public transport
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Flat

Without variations in pitch.
He delivered the speech in a flat tone.
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Flat

(of colours) Without variation in tone or hue (uniform), and dull (not glossy).
The walls were painted a flat gray.
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Flat

(figurative) Lacking liveliness or action; depressed; uninteresting; dull and boring.
The party was a bit flat.
The market is flat today as most traders are on holiday.
The dialogue in your screenplay is flat — you need to make it more exciting.
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Flat

Lacking in depth, substance, or believability; underdeveloped; one-dimensional.
The author added a chapter to flesh out the book's flatter characters.
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Flat

Lowered by one semitone.
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Flat

(music) Of a note or voice, lower in pitch than it should be.
Your A string is flat.
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Flat

Absolute; downright; peremptory.
His claim was in flat contradiction to experimental results.
I'm not going to the party and that's flat.
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Flat

(of a tire or other inflated object) Deflated, especially because of a puncture.
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Flat

(of a carbonated drink) With all or most of its carbon dioxide having come out of solution so that the drink no longer fizzes or contains any bubbles.
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Flat

(wine) Lacking acidity without being sweet.
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Flat

(of a battery) Unable to emit power; dead.
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Flat

Without spin; spinless.
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Flat

Sonant; vocal, as distinguished from a sharp (non-sonant) consonant.
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(grammar) Not having an inflectional ending or sign, such as a noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb, without the addition of a formative suffix; or an infinitive without the sign "to".
Many flat adverbs, as in 'run fast', 'buy cheap', etc. are from Old English.
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Flat

Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft.
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Flattening at the ends.
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(of measurements of time) Exact.
He finished the race in a flat four minutes.
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Flat

So as to be flat.
Spread the tablecloth flat over the table.
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Flat

Bluntly.
I asked him if he wanted to marry me and he turned me down flat.
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Flat

(of accurately measured timings) Exactly, precisely.
In the mile race, Smith's time was 3:58.56, and Brown's was four minutes flat.
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Used to emphasize the smallness of the measurement.
He can run a mile in four minutes flat.
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Flat

Completely.
I am flat broke this month.
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Flat

Directly; flatly.
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Flat

Without allowance for accrued interest.
The bonds are trading flat.
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Flat

An area of level ground (sometimes covered with water).
The hovercraft skimmed across the open flats.
The eastern end of the salt flat; mud flat, tidal flat, flood flat
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Flat

(in the phrase 'the flat') Level ground in general.
I can run on the flat but not up hills.
The going will be easier once we're through these mountains and onto the flat.
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Flat

Level horse-racing ground, as contrasted with courses incorporating jumps, or the racing done on such ground.
This horse will do better over the flat.
Flat racing, the flat season
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Flat

The area in the centre of a racecourse.
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(music) A note played a semitone lower than a natural, denoted by the symbol ♭ placed after the letter representing the note (e.g., B♭) or in front of the note symbol (e.g. ♭♪).
The key of E♭ has three flats.
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Flat

A flat tyre/flat tire.
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(in the plural) A type of ladies' shoe with a very low heel.
She liked to walk in her flats more than in her high heels.
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(in the plural) A type of flat-soled running shoe without spikes.
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Flat

(painting) A thin, broad brush used in oil and watercolour painting.
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Flat

The flat part of something:
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(swordfighting) The flat side of a blade, as opposed to the sharp edge.
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Flat

The palm of the hand, with the adjacent part of the fingers.
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Flat

A wide, shallow container or pallet.
A flat of strawberries
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Flat

(mail) A large mail piece measuring at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches, such as catalogs, magazines, and unfolded paper enclosed in large envelopes.
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A railroad car without a roof, and whose body is a platform without sides; a platform car or flatcar.
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A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught.
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(geometry) A subset of n-dimensional space that is congruent to a Euclidean space of lower dimension.
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Flat

A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned.
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A flat sheet for use on a bed.
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(publishing) A flat, glossy children's book with few pages.
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Flat

A platform on a wheel, upon which emblematic designs etc. are carried in processions.
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(mining) A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal.
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(technical, theatre, stagecraft) A rectangular wooden structure covered with masonite, lauan, or muslin, often produced in standard modules, that is used to build wall surfaces on stage. Flats can be painted and outfitted with doors and/or windows to depict a building or other part of a scene. It's a hard-surfaced alternative to a backcloth orbackdrop.
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(entomology) Any of various hesperiid butterflies that spread their wings open when they land.
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(historical) An early kind of toy soldier having a flat design.
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Flat

(obsolete) A dull fellow; a simpleton.
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(optics) A flat (i.e. plane) mirror
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A cheater's die with the edges shaved to make certain rolls more likely.
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An apartment, usually on one level and usually consisting of more than one room.
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(poker slang) To make a flat call; to call without raising.
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Flat

(intransitive) To become flat or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface.
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Flat

To fall from the pitch.
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Flat

To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone.
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Flat

To make flat; to flatten; to level.
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Flat

To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.
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Flat

To beat or strike; pound
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Flat

(transitive) To dash or throw
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(intransitive) To dash, rush
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Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without inclination; plane.
Though sun and moonWere in the flat sea sunk.
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Lying at full length, or spread out, upon the ground; level with the ground or earth; prostrate; as, to lie flat on the ground; hence, fallen; laid low; ruined; destroyed.
What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat!
I feel . . . my hopes all flat.
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Flat

Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest.
A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.
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Flat

Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste.
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Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitableSeem to me all the uses of this world.
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Flat

Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
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Flat

Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright.
Flat burglary as ever was committed.
A great tobacco taker too, - that's flat.
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Flat

Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A flat.
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Flat

Sonant; vocal; - applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant (or sharp) consonant.
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Flat

Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft; - said of a club.
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Flat

Not having an inflectional ending or sign, as a noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb, without the addition of a formative suffix, or an infinitive without the sign to. Many flat adverbs, as in run fast, buy cheap, are from AS. adverbs in -ë, the loss of this ending having made them like the adjectives. Some having forms in ly, such as exceeding, wonderful, true, are now archaic.
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Flat

Flattening at the ends; - said of certain fruits.
Of all who fell by saber or by shot,Not one fell half so flat as Walter Scott.
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Flat

In a flat manner; directly; flatly.
Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty.
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Flat

Without allowance for accrued interest.
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Flat

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.
Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.
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Flat

A level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water, or alternately covered and left bare by the tide; a shoal; a shallow; a strand.
Half my power, this nightPassing these flats, are taken by the tide.
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Flat

Something broad and flat in form
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Flat

The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of a blade, as distinguished from its edge.
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Flat

A floor, loft, or story in a building;
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Flat

A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal.
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Flat

A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull.
Or if you can not make a speech,Because you are a flat.
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Flat

A character [$] before a note, indicating a tone which is a half step or semitone lower.
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Flat

A homaloid space or extension.
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Flat

To make flat; to flatten; to level.
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Flat

To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.
Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted.
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Flat

To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone.
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Flat

To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface.
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Flat

To fall form the pitch.
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Flat

A level tract of land
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Flat

A shallow box in which seedlings are started
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Flat

A musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
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Flat

Freight car without permanent sides or roof
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Flat

A deflated pneumatic tire
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Flat

Scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
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Flat

A suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
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Flat

Having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another;
A flat desk
Acres of level farmland
A plane surface
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Flat

Having no depth or thickness
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Flat

Not modified or restricted by reservations;
A categorical denial
A flat refusal
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Flat

Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground;
Found himself lying flat on the floor
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Flat

Lacking contrast or shading between tones
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Flat

Lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone;
B flat
C sharp
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Flat

Flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
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Flat

Lacking taste or flavor or tang;
A bland diet
Insipid hospital food
Flavorless supermarket tomatoes
Vapid beer
Vapid tea
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Flat

Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting;
A bland little drama
A flat joke
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Flat

Having lost effervescence;
Flat beer
A flat cola
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Flat

Not increasing as the amount taxed increases
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Flat

Not made with leavening;
Most flat breads are made from unleavened dough
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Flat

Parallel to the ground;
A flat roof
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Flat

Without pleats
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Flat

Lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth;
A film with two-dimensional characters
A flat two-dimensional painting
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Flat

(of a tire) completely or partially deflated
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Flat

Not reflecting light; not glossy;
Flat wall paint
A photograph with a matte finish
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Flat

Lacking variety in shading;
A flat unshaded painting
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Flat

At full length;
He fell flat on his face
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Flat

With flat sails;
Sail flat against the wind
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Flat

Below the proper pitch;
She sang flat last night
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Flat

Against a flat surface;
He lay flat on his back
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Flat

In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly;
He didn't answer directly
Told me straight out
Came out flat for less work and more pay
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Flat

Wholly or completely;
He is flat broke
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Flat

Having a smooth and even surface without curves.
The lake was flat and calm.
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Flat

Completely or absolutely.
He refused flat to lend his car.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can both flat and matte finishes be cleaned easily?

Matte finishes are more durable and easier to clean than flat finishes.
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Is flat used to describe a type of tire?

Yes, a flat tire means it has lost all of its air.
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Is flat paint the same as matte paint?

No, flat paint has no sheen at all, while matte paint has a slight sheen.
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Are flat designs popular in web design?

Yes, flat designs are popular for their simplicity and minimalistic appearance.
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Can flat be used to describe music notes?

Yes, a flat note is one that is slightly lower in pitch.
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Is it common to use matte paper for printing photographs?

Yes, matte paper is often chosen for its non-glare quality.
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Are matte finishes popular in cosmetic products?

Yes, matte finishes are popular in products like lipstick and foundation.
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Can matte finishes be used on walls?

Yes, matte finishes are often used on walls for a sophisticated look.
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Do matte photographs reflect light?

Matte photographs have a non-reflective surface, reducing glare.
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Are matte surfaces good for high-traffic areas?

Yes, due to their durability and resistance to marks.
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Do matte screens reduce eye strain?

Yes, matte screens can reduce glare and eye strain.
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Are matte finishes suitable for outdoor use?

Yes, but they may require more maintenance to retain their appearance.
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Does flat have the same meaning in flat tire and flat soda?

No, in flat tire it means deflated, while in flat soda it refers to loss of carbonation.
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Can the word flat be used in a musical context?

Yes, it can describe a note that is slightly lower in pitch.
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Can the word flat refer to an apartment?

Yes, in some regions, an apartment is referred to as a flat.
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Does flat mean the same thing in American and British English?

Not always. In British English, flat often refers to an apartment, while in American English, it usually describes a smooth surface.
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Is a flat character in a story one-dimensional?

Yes, a flat character is typically undeveloped and lacks depth.
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Is it easier to hide imperfections with flat or matte paint?

Flat paint is better at hiding imperfections due to its lack of sheen.
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Is flat pack furniture easy to assemble?

Generally, yes, as it's designed for easy assembly.
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Can matte be used as a verb?

Yes, it can mean to apply a matte finish to something.
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