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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.

Patient discussion about flat

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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Next quarter's guidance is for 0-2% sequential growth, with flattish bookings and backlog.
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They deal mostly with sky with a flattish landscape at the bottom, so they could be the park's flatness or that flatness we know from The Wizard of Oz.
The industrial equipment maintenance group has been doing a spot of repair work on its own operations over the last year and should reveal flattish half year figures.
Our microcontroller business is seasonally normal while our serial EEPROM memory business seems flattish," said Steve Sanghi, Microchip's president and CEO.
She loves flattish right-hand tracks, so going back should be perfect, even though this looks very competitive.
Assuming the US market doesn't really go to the dogs, I think Honda will continue to increase and although Toyota will tend towards being flattish, things will shape up a little better for Nissan,' said Chris Richter, an analyst at HSBC Securities.
While the potential for a slight increase in domestic auto sales exists, given modest improvement in economic conditions, Fitch expects flattish 2005 light vehicle sales, in the mid to high 16 million unit range.
The track should be okay, as it is flattish, and he might be a tad better going left-handed - he jumped to the left a bit at Huntingdon.
Returns, even in a flattish housing market, are far superior to equities or cash,' he said.
Furthermore, ODP sees North American retail comps to be negative in the first half, and then turning flattish to slightly positive in the third and fourth quarters.