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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flat \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 so,
        without prominences or depressions; level without
        inclination; plane.
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              Though sun and moon
              Were in the flat sea sunk.            --Milton.
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     2. 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.
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              What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat! --Milton.
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              I feel . . . my hopes all flat.       --Milton.
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     3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without
        points of prominence and striking interest.
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              A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.
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     4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink
        flat to the taste.
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     5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit;
        monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
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              How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
              Seem to me all the uses of this world. --Shak.
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     6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings;
        depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
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     7. Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive;
     Syn: flat-out.
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                Flat burglary as ever was committed. --Shak.
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                A great tobacco taker too, -- that's flat.
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     8. (Mus.)
        (a) Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals,
            minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A
        (b) Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound.
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     9. (Phonetics) Sonant; vocal; -- applied to any one of the
        sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a
        nonsonant (or sharp) consonant.
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     10. (Golf) Having a head at a very obtuse angle to the shaft;
         -- said of a club.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     11. (Gram.) 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 -["e], the
         loss of this ending having made them like the adjectives.
         Some having forms in ly, such as exceeding, wonderful,
         true, are now archaic.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     12. (Hort.) Flattening at the ends; -- said of certain
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Flat arch. (Arch.) See under Arch, n., 2. (b).
     Flat cap, cap paper, not folded. See under Paper.
     Flat chasing, in fine art metal working, a mode of
        ornamenting silverware, etc., producing figures by dots
        and lines made with a punching tool. --Knight.
     Flat chisel, a sculptor's chisel for smoothing.
     Flat file, a file wider than its thickness, and of
        rectangular section. See File.
     Flat nail, a small, sharp-pointed, wrought nail, with a
        flat, thin head, larger than a tack. --Knight.
     Flat paper, paper which has not been folded.
     Flat rail, a railroad rail consisting of a simple flat bar
        spiked to a longitudinal sleeper.
     Flat rods (Mining), horizontal or inclined connecting rods,
        for transmitting motion to pump rods at a distance.
     Flat rope, a rope made by plaiting instead of twisting;
        gasket; sennit.
     Note: Some flat hoisting ropes, as for mining shafts, are
           made by sewing together a number of ropes, making a
           wide, flat band. --Knight.
     Flat space. (Geom.) See Euclidian space.
     Flat stitch, the process of wood engraving. [Obs.] -- Flat
     tint (Painting), a coat of water color of one uniform shade.
     To fall flat (Fig.), to produce no effect; to fail in the
        intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.
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              Of all who fell by saber or by shot,
              Not one fell half so flat as Walter Scott. --Lord
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flat \Flat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flatted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To make flat; to flatten; to level.
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     2. To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress.
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              Passions are allayed, appetites are flatted.
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     3. To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to
        lower in pitch by half a tone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Envy is as the sunbeams that beat hotter upon a
              bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.
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     2. 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.
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              Half my power, this night
              Passing these flats, are taken by the tide. --Shak.
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     3. Something broad and flat in form; as:
        (a) A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small
        (b) A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned.
        (c) (Railroad Mach.) A car without a roof, the body of
            which is a platform without sides; a platform car.
        (d) A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs,
            etc., are carried in processions.
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     4. The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of
        a blade, as distinguished from its edge.
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     5. (Arch.) A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially,
        a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in
        itself; an apartment taking up a whole floor. In this
        latter sense, the usage is more common in British English.
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     6. (Mining) A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a
        main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not
        elsewhere horizontal. --Raymond.
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     7. A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull. [Colloq.]
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              Or if you can not make a speech,
              Because you are a flat.               --Holmes.
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     8. (Mus.) A character [[flat]] before a note, indicating a
        tone which is a half step or semitone lower.
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     9. (Geom.) A homaloid space or extension.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flat \Flat\, adv.
     1. In a flat manner; directly; flatly.
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              Sin is flat opposite to the Almighty. --Herbert.
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     2. (Stock Exchange) Without allowance for accrued interest.
        [Broker's Cant]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flat \Flat\, v. i.
     1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even
        surface. --Sir W. Temple.
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     2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch.
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     To flat out, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a
        bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: with flat sails; "sail flat against the wind"
      2: 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" [syn: directly, flat, straight]
         [ant: indirectly]
      adj 1: having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is
             higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of
             level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with
             fine flat seams" [syn: flat, level, plane]
      2: having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or
         thickness; "flat computer monitors"
      3: not modified or restricted by reservations; "a categorical
         denial"; "a flat refusal" [syn: categoric, categorical,
         flat, unconditional]
      4: stretched out and lying at full length along the ground;
         "found himself lying flat on the floor" [syn: flat,
      5: lacking contrast or shading between tones [ant: contrasty]
      6: (of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic
         semitone; "B flat" [ant: natural, sharp]
      7: flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain
         leafstalks or flatfishes) [syn: compressed, flat]
      8: lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid
         hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid
         beer"; "vapid tea" [syn: bland, flat, flavorless,
         flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid]
      9: lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland
         little drama"; "a flat joke" [syn: bland, flat]
      10: having lost effervescence; "flat beer"; "a flat cola"
      11: sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's
          faint monotonous hooting" [syn: flat, monotone,
          monotonic, monotonous]
      12: horizontally level; "a flat roof"
      13: 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" [syn: two-dimensional,
          2-dimensional, flat]
      14: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a
          photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, mat, matt,
          matte, matted]
      15: commercially inactive; "flat sales for the month"; "prices
          remained flat"; "a flat market"
      n 1: a level tract of land; "the salt flats of Utah"
      2: a shallow box in which seedlings are started
      3: a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the
         note named
      4: freight car without permanent sides or roof [syn: flatcar,
         flatbed, flat]
      5: a deflated pneumatic tire [syn: flat, flat tire]
      6: scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted
         canvas; part of a stage setting
      7: a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
         [syn: apartment, flat]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  892 Moby Thesaurus words for "flat":
     3-D, Pullman, Pullman car, abeyant, absolute, absolutely, absonant,
     accented, accidental, accommodation, accordant, accumbent,
     achromatic, achromic, act drop, admitting no exception, alabaster,
     alike, alkali flat, all-out, alluvial plain, alveolar, anemic,
     apace, apartment, apathetic, apical, apico-alveolar, apico-dental,
     arid, arrowlike, articulated, asbestos, asbestos board, ashen,
     ashy, assimilated, at full length, at full speed, at once, atonal,
     automatic, back, backdrop, baggage car, balanced, baldly, bank,
     bar, barren, barytone, basin, bated, batten, beat, betting house,
     betting parlor, bilabial, billiard table, blah, bland, blank,
     bled white, bloodless, bog, bony, border, boring, bottomland,
     bowling alley, bowling green, boxcar, brashly, brazenly, breve,
     broad, broke, bushveld, busted, caboose, cacophonous, cacuminal,
     cadaverous, campestral, campestrian, campo, car, carriage, casino,
     cataleptic, catatonic, categorical, categorically, central,
     cerebral, certain, chair car, chambers, champaign,
     champaign country, characterless, checked, chloranemic, clear,
     clerestory, close, cloth, coach, coal car, coastal plain, cold,
     cold-water flat, collapsed, colorless, common, commonplace,
     complete, completely, conclusive, consistent, consonant,
     consonantal, constant, continuant, continuous, coral reef,
     couchant, couche, coulisse, counterweight, covered waggon, cracked,
     crawling, creamy, crib, crotchet, crouched, cubic, curtain,
     curtain board, cyclorama, damped, dampened, day coach, dead,
     dead flat, dead level, dead straight, deadened, deadly pale,
     deathly pale, debased, decided, decisive, decor, decumbent,
     definite, definitely, definitive, deflated, delicate, delta,
     demisemiquaver, dental, depressed, desert, determinate, diaphonic,
     digs, dilute, diluted, dim, dimensional, dimmed, diner, dinghy,
     dingy, dining car, direct, directly, discolored, disconsonant,
     discordant, disharmonic, disharmonious, dismal, dissimilated,
     dissonant, dominant, dominant note, dopey, dormant, dorsal,
     double whole note, down, downright, downs, downy, drab, draggy,
     draped, drawing room, drearisome, dreary, drop, drop curtain, dry,
     dryasdust, dull, dulled, duplex, duplex apartment, dusty, earth,
     effete, eggshell, eighth note, elephantine, empty, enharmonic,
     enharmonic note, entire, entresol, equable, equal, esplanade,
     etiolated, even, evenly, exact, exactly, explicit, express,
     exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, fade, faded, faint,
     fallow, featureless, fell, fen, final, fire curtain, firm,
     first floor, fixed, flat, flat broke, flat country, flat out,
     flat-chested, flat-out, flatcar, flatland, flatly, flats,
     flattened, flatways, flatwise, flavorless, fleshless, flipper,
     floor, flush, ford, forthwith, foul, fourth-dimensional, front,
     gambling den, gambling hall, gambling hell, gambling house,
     gaming house, gangling, gangly, garden apartment, gaunt, gawky,
     ghastly, glabrate, glabrescent, glabrous, glass, glide, global,
     gloss, glossal, glottal, gondola, grass veld, grassland, grating,
     gray, groggy, ground, ground floor, groveling, gruelly, guttural,
     haggard, half note, hanging, hard, harsh, heath, heavy, hell,
     hell for leather, hemidemisemiquaver, high, ho-hum, hollow,
     homaloid, homaloidal, homogeneous, horizontal, horizontal axis,
     horizontal fault, horizontal line, horizontal parallax,
     horizontal plane, horizontal projection, horizontally, hueless,
     humdrum, hypochromic, ice, immediately, immelodious, immutable,
     implicit, in a line, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inane,
     inappealable, indifferent, indisputable, indubitable, inert,
     inexcitable, inharmonic, inharmonious, insipid, intonated,
     invariable, iridescent, irrevocable, irrevocably, ivory, jejune,
     joint, knee-high, knocked flat, labial, labiodental, labiovelar,
     lackluster, laid low, lande, languid, languorous, lank, lanky,
     latent, lateral, lax, leaden, lean, lean-fleshed, lean-looking,
     ledge, leiotrichous, lengthways, lengthwise, level, level line,
     level plane, lifeless, light, like a shot, like greased lightning,
     lineal, linear, lingual, liquid, livid, living quarters, llano,
     local, lodgings, logy, lolling, lounging, low, low-built, low-hung,
     low-level, low-leveled, low-lying, low-set, low-spirited,
     low-statured, lowland, lowlands, luggage van, lunar mare, lurid,
     lusterless, lying, lying down, mahogany, mail car, mail van,
     marble, mare, marsh, mat, matte, matter-of-fact, meager, mealy,
     mean sea level, measured, mechanical, mellow, mesa, mesilla,
     methodic, mezzanine, mezzanine floor, mid, mild, milk-and-water,
     minim, monolithic, monophthongal, monotonous, moor, moorland,
     mother-of-pearl, muddy, muffled, mundane, musical note, musicless,
     muted, nacreous, narrow, nasal, nasalized, natural, neap, neutral,
     nonmelodious, note, occlusive, of a piece, off, off-key, off-tone,
     on a level, on the run, oofless, opalescent, open, open country,
     openly, ordered, orderly, ordinary, out of pitch, out of tone,
     out of tune, out-and-out, outright, outspread, outstretched,
     overthrown, oxytone, palace car, palatal, palatalized, pale,
     pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pampa, pampas, pappy,
     parlor car, parterre, passenger car, passive, pastel, pasty,
     patent note, patinaed, pearly, pedestrian, peneplain, penthouse,
     peremptory, perfect, persistent, pharyngeal, pharyngealized,
     phlegmatic, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pitch, pitched, plain,
     plainly, plains, plane, plateau, platform, playa, plodding,
     poetryless, pointless, poky, ponderous, poolroom, positive,
     positively, posttonic, prairie, prairies, precise, precisely,
     procumbent, prone, proportional, prosaic, prosing, prostrate,
     prosy, pulpy, punctured, quarter note, quaver, quickly, quiet, rag,
     railroad flat, railway car, rapidly, raucous, rawboned, reclining,
     rectilineal, rectilinear, recumbent, reef, reefer,
     refrigerator car, regular, rental, report, reposing,
     responding note, resupine, retroflex, rez-de-chaussee, right,
     robotlike, rolled, roomette, rooms, round, rounded, ruler-straight,
     runty, ruptured, sad, sallow, salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan,
     sandals, sandbank, sandbar, sapless, satin, savanna, savorless,
     scene, scenery, scraggy, scrawny, screen, sea level, sea of grass,
     sebkha, sedentary, semibreve, semigloss, semiquaver, semivowel,
     set of rooms, shallow, shallows, shaped note, sharp, shelf, shoal,
     shoal water, short, shrill, sickly, side scene, silk, simple,
     sixteenth note, sixty-fourth note, skeletal, skinny, slack,
     sleeper, sleeping, slide, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smoker,
     smoking car, smoldering, smooth, smooth-shaven, smooth-textured,
     smoothed out, smoothened, smothered, sober, soft, soft-colored,
     soft-hued, softened, solemn, somber, sonant, sordo, sour, space,
     space-time, spare, spatial, spatiotemporal, speedily, spherical,
     spiccato, spiceless, spidery, spindling, spindly, spiritless,
     sporting house, sprawled, sprawling, spread, spread out, squashed,
     squashed flat, squat, squatty, stable, staccato, stage screw,
     stagnant, stale, standard, standing, static, steadfast, steady,
     steppe, steppes, stereoscopic, sterile, stiff, stifled, stockcar,
     stodgy, stone-broke, stony, stooped, stopped, story, straight,
     straight-cut, straight-front, straight-out, straight-side, strand,
     strapped, streamlined, street floor, stressed, stretched out,
     strident, strong, studio, stuffy, stumpy, suave, subdued, subtle,
     suite, superficial, supine, surd, sure, surface, sustained note,
     swamp, sweet, swiftly, syllabic, systematic, tab, table, tableau,
     tableland, tabloid, tabular, tallow-faced, tame, tank, tasteless,
     teaser, tedious, tender, tenement, tennis court, tense, tercet,
     terrace, thick, thin, thin-bellied, thin-fleshed,
     thirty-second note, three-dimensional, throaty, tidal flats, tired,
     tiresome, tonal, tone, toneless, tonic, tormentor, torpid, total,
     transformation, transformation scene, tree veld, triplet, triplex,
     trodden, trodden flat, truck, true, tundra, tuneless, twangy,
     twiggy, two-dimensional, unaccented, unambiguous, unaroused,
     unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken, unchangeable, unchanged,
     unchanging, uncircumscribed, uncolored, uncompromisingly,
     unconditional, unconditioned, uncurved, undeflected, undersized,
     underweight, undeviating, undifferentiated, undistorted,
     undiversified, undoubting, unelevated, unembellished, unequivocal,
     unexciting, unflavored, unhampered, unharmonious, unhesitating,
     unidealistic, uniform, unimaginative, unimpassioned, uninteresting,
     uninterrupted, unlimited, unlively, unmelodious, unmistakable,
     unmitigated, unmodifiable, unmodified, unmusical, unpalatable,
     unpoetic, unpolished, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioning,
     unrealistic, unreserved, unrestricted, unromantic, unrough,
     unroughened, unrounded, unruffled, unsavory, unshiny, unstressed,
     unswerving, untunable, untuned, untuneful, unturned, unvaried,
     unvarying, unwaivable, upland, upright, utter, utterly, van, vapid,
     vega, velar, veld, velvet, vertical, vocalic, vocoid, voiced,
     voiceless, volumetric, vowel, vowellike, waggon, wan, washed-out,
     washy, water level, watered, watered-down, watery, waxen, weak,
     weald, wetlands, whey-faced, white, whole, whole note, wholly,
     wide, wide-open spaces, wing, wingcut, wishy-washy, without delay,
     without exception, without reserve, wold, woodcut, wooden

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. [common] Lacking any complex internal structure. ?That bitty box has
      only a flat filesystem, not a hierarchical one.? The verb form is flatten
      2. Said of a memory architecture (like that of the VAX or 680x0) that is
      one big linear address space (typically with each possible value of a
      processor register corresponding to a unique core address), as opposed to a
      segmented architecture (like that of the 80x86) in which addresses are
      composed from a base-register/offset pair (segmented designs are generally
      considered cretinous).
      Note that sense 1 (at least with respect to filesystems) is usually used
      pejoratively, while sense 2 is a Good Thing.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. Lacking any complex internal structure.  "That bitty box
     has only a flat file system, not a hierarchical one."  The verb
     form is flatten.  Usually used pejoratively (at least with
     respect to file systems).
     2. Said of a memory architecture like that of the VAX or
     Motorola 680x0 that is one big linear address space
     (typically with each possible value of a processor register
     corresponding to a unique address).  This is a Good Thing.
     The opposite is a "{segmented" architecture like that of the
     Intel 80x86 in which addresses are composed from a
     base-register/offset pair.  Segmented designs are generally
     considered cretinous.
     3. A flat domain is one where all elements except bottom
     are incomparable (equally well defined).  E.g. the integers.
     [{Jargon File]

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Flat, AK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska
     Population (2000):    4
     Housing Units (2000): 3
     Land area (2000):     161.068896 sq. miles (417.166508 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    161.068896 sq. miles (417.166508 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            25880
     Located within:       Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
     Location:             62.454135 N, 158.008284 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Flat, AK

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