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1. lying in one plane; having an even surface.
2. having little or no resonance.
3. slightly below the normal pitch of a musical tone.


adjective Referring to a sound without resonance.

Vox populi
adjective Referring to a horizontal surface without irregularities or significant curvature.


1. Level and smooth.
2. Of a line on a chart, horizontal.
3. In psychology, lacking in expressive range.
4. In electrocardiography, isoelectric.

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Q. what does the term flat affect means?

A. "Flat affect: A severe reduction in emotional expressiveness. People with depression and schizophrenia often show flat affect. A person with schizophrenia may not show the signs of normal emotion, perhaps may speak in a monotonous voice, have diminished facial expressions, and appear extremely apathetic. Also known as blunted affect."

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Q. Can flat feet be repaired by surgery? I have flat feet and I’m looking for all sorts of treatments for it- I heard there is a surgery for it- is it helpful?

A. As far as I know- they don’t treat flat feet that are asymptomatic. So first of all check if it bothers you. secondly there are 2 kinds of flat feet- rigid and flexible. There are different and treated differently. Not always a surgery (which is very painful and costly) is needed– I went to a Rolf method therapist by the advice of my orthopedic and it’s much better now. Ask an orthopedic.

Q. I think my son has flat foot, how to tell for sure? I didn't notice it before, he is 3 years old now and all shoes hurt him. Does it mean he has flat foot? what else can it be?

A. Pes planus (flat foot) is not a rare condition in toddlers, and may resolves spontaneously as the child grows. It is diagnosed clinically, i.e. by a doctor such as pediatrician or pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and radiographs are not universally indicated

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But as she moved towards the front of the stage, she lost her balance and fell flat on her bum.
An effort by a small Religious Right group to circulate rumors that First Lady and Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is a lesbian fell flat in September after the national news media declined to pick up the story.
The program opener, Good Vibes, fell flat in its attempt to blend postmodern movement with theatrical gimmicks.
But the business plans fell flat and there are now thousands of unwanted birds in the state.
In between skating at the Games, Amee said she's had her share of injuries, from a sprained ankle to the time she fell flat on her nose.
Laws said: "I hope the fans have lots of parties and invite me, because last time we arranged something we fell flat on our face, so I didn't allow anything to be organised.
One Halloween, I was trick-or-treating without a flashlight, walking across a yard, I felt my foot slip into a hole and fell flat on my face onto slimy, wet grass
He tried to be jokey but it fell flat as a pancake.
Ballet Stagium's Kuarup, dedicated to the present-day condition of Brazil's indians, fell flat.