Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Land that varies little in elevation.
  • n. A geographic area composed chiefly of land that varies little in elevation.

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  • n. Any land of relatively constant altitude (with no hills).

Etymologies

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From flat +‎ land.

Examples

  • I could -- and have -- write about the beauty and the land, the transition here from hilly river country to tidal basin flatland to beach -- but what my state gives me as a writer is more the sense that they will be really proud of me if I make it, because I'm theirs, and we're still smarting from that kickball game.

    States' rights

  • That takes in a lot of stomping ground political "flatland" - where the triumph of emotional party rhetoric over meaningful discussion provides a ready-made excuse not to have one ...

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • When the electron falls apart, by P.W. Anderson, Physics Today, October 1997, p. Electrons in flatland, by S. Kivelson, D.H. Lee and S.C. Zhang, Scientific American, March

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1998

  • Electrons in flatland, by S. Kivelson, D.H. Lee and S.C. Zhang, Scientific American, March

    Press Release: The 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics

  • The rub, though, is that the vast majority of our displays are stranded in flatland.

    Boing Boing: March 6, 2005 - March 12, 2005 Archives

  • It is a monotonous flatland from the southern Ukraine to the wooded shores of Lake Ladoga, rarely broken by geological highlights.

    The Story of World War II

  • "At 5,000 feet it provides a vantage-point from which to survey the rest of Europe -- what Mann in The Magic Mountain calls the 'flatland,'" said Ritchie Robertson, a professor of German language and literature at the University of Oxford.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • For those xkcd fans out there, you'll be hapy to know that the game from the last comic, 'flatland' is real.

    Gaming In The 4th Dimension - UFies.org

  • It was a transition from "flatland" to a space of three dimensions.

    History of Astronomy

  • That is, the obliteration of vertical degree creates a tyrannical flatland which is death to the soul and its spiritual evolution.

    One Cosmos

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