flatland

noun
flat·​land | \ ˈflat-ˌland How to pronounce flatland (audio) \

Definition of flatland

1 : a region in which the land is predominantly flat usually used in plural
2 : land that lacks significant variation in elevation

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Other Words from flatland

flatlander \ ˈflat-​ˌlan-​dər How to pronounce flatlander (audio) \ noun

Examples of flatland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both stand sentinel over the browns, greens and golds of the soybean fields and cornfields rolled out on the flatlands like a handcrafted rug. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Football Is Dying in Ohio. A Coach in This County Made It Thrive.," 5 Dec. 2019 What draws tourists to drive at least three hours from the closest airport to these West Texas flatlands are the progressive galleries, mystifying desert skies, and artisans that liven up what could otherwise be a ghost town. Stephanie Granada, Travel + Leisure, "17 Best Cities in America for Solo Travelers," 19 Dec. 2017 Plano has transformed from a once desolate flatland into a thriving metropolis. Dallas News, "Plano’s rise to becoming ‘The City of Excellence’," 23 Mar. 2020 The sprawling corporate campus of Meyer Sound was once a ketchup factory in the Berkeley flatlands. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 Around 2016, a new discipline called geometric deep learning emerged with the goal of lifting CNNs out of flatland. Quanta Magazine, "An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions," 9 Jan. 2020 The researchers’ solution to getting deep learning to work beyond flatland also has deep connections to physics. Quanta Magazine, "An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions," 9 Jan. 2020 The rivers burst their banks not long after, flooding the flatland where the coconuts, mangoes, and yams grew, and laying down impermeable clay that made the earth unusable. National Geographic, "Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins.," 3 Jan. 2020 Transit officials hope the faster bus line will eventually bring economic opportunity to Oakland’s flatlands, including foot traffic for shops and a quicker link for workers to get downtown. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland’s rapid transit buses delayed — again," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of flatland

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Flatland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatland. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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