from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Chiefly British With the flat side or edge of a sword.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Flatly, plainly.
- adv. In a flat position.
- adv. With the flat part of a sword.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. With the flat side, as of a sword; flatlong; in a prostrate position.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With the flat side; flatwise; flatly.
Sir Tristram followed him, and smote upon him five or six strokes flatling on the neck, that he made him to fall upon the nose.
And then King Mark fled, and Sir Tristram followed him, and smote upon him five or six strokes flatling on the neck, that he made him to fall upon the nose.
And therewithal flatling he fell to his feet, and would have kissed them, but Sir Launcelot would not let him; and then either made great joy of other.
Freight traffic flattens International flying rose 7.3% for July from a year ago, outpacing domestic markets but overshadowed by a flatling freight market, the International Air Transport Association said.
But at the last this knight smote Sir Mador grovelling upon the earth, and the knight stepped near him to have pulled Sir Mador flatling upon the ground; and therewith suddenly Sir Mador arose, and in his rising he smote that knight through the thick of the thighs that the blood ran out fiercely.
And then he gave him such a buffet upon the helm that he fell to the earth flatling, and therewith he strode to him to have pulled off his helm off his head.