2. A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder
in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc.
3. A bed in a gun carriage. [Obs.] Bailey.
4. (Founding) The wooden or iron frame which holds the sand, etc., forming the mold used in a foundry; it
consists of two or more parts; viz., the cope or top; sometimes, the cheeks, or middle part; and the drag,
or bottom part. When there are one or more cheeks, the flask is called a three part flask, four part
Erlenmeyer flask, a thin glass flask, flat- bottomed and cone-shaped to allow of safely shaking its contents
laterally without danger of spilling; so called from Erlenmeyer, a German chemist who invented it.
Florence flask. [From Florence in Italy.] (a) Same as Betty, n., 3. (b) A glass flask, round or pear-
shaped, with round or flat bottom, and usually very thin to allow of heating solutions. Pocket flask,
a kind of pocket dram bottle, often covered with metal or leather to protect it from breaking.
(Flask"et) n. [Cf. W. fflasged a vessel of straw or wickerwork, fflasg flask, basket, and E. flask.]
1. A long, shallow basket, with two handles. [Eng.]
In which they gathered flowers to fill their flasket.Spenser.
2. A small flask.
3. A vessel in which viands are served. [Obs.] Pope.
(Flat) a. [Compar. Flatter ; superl. Flattest ] [Akin to Icel. flatr, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, OHG.
flaz, and AS. flet floor, G. flötz stratum, layer.]
1. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without
Though sun and moonMilton.
Were in the flat sea sunk.
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.
What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat!Milton.
I feel . . . my hopes all flat.Milton.
3. (Fine Arts) Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest.
A large part of the work is, to me, very flat.Coleridge.
4. Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste.
5. Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition.
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitableShak.
Seem to me all the uses of this world.
6. Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat.
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