Quick answer
"Flat" is an adjective which is often translated as "plano", and "floor" is a noun which is often translated as "el piso". Learn more about the difference between "flat" and "floor" below.
flat(
flaht
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (level)
a. plano
If you want a flat stomach, you have to do crunches.Si quieres tener el vientre plano, tienes que hacer abdominales.
b. llano
I prefer horseback riding in the mountains over riding on flat land.Prefiero montar a caballo en las montañas que montar en terreno llano.
c. liso
You can fix it with a flat piece of wood.Lo puedes arreglar con una tabla de madera lisa.
d. chato
My aunt Teresa has a flat nose.Mi tía Teresa tiene la nariz chata.
2. (with no heels)
a. bajo
Elba is wearing her flat shoes today because she has a lot of walking to do.Elba lleva sus zapatos bajos hoy, porque tiene que caminar mucho.
3. (undeniable)
a. rotundo
He asked her to marry him and she gave him a flat no.Él le pidió matrimonio y ella le respondió con un "no" rotundo.
b. terminante
A flat no is better than a hesitant yes.Es mejor un no terminante que un sí con reservas.
c. categórico
The answer of our country is to be understood as a flat rejection of the proposal.La respuesta de nuestro país debe interpretarse como un rechazo categórico de la propuesta.
4. (lacking vividness)
a. monótono
This room needs some jazzing up. It is so flat.Esta habitación necesita que la levantemos un poco. Es muy monótona.
b. soso
Do you want to go to the cafeteria for lunch? No, thanks. The food's flat there.¿Quieres ir a la cafetería para almorzar? No, gracias. La comida es sosa.
c. sin contraste
Elsa showed me a flat photograph of her house covered in snow on a cloudy day.Elsa me mostró una fotografía sin contraste de su casa cubierta de nieve en un día nublado.
5. (with no power)
a. descargado
He left the headlights on all night and now the car's battery is flat.Dejó los faros prendidos toda la noche y ahora la batería del carro está descargada.
6. (uncarbonated)
a. sin burbujas
The beer got too warm, and now it's flat.La cerveza se calentó de más y ahora está sin burbujas.
b. sin gas
Pati likes to drink her soda flat.A Pati le gusta tomar el refresco sin gas.
c. sin efervescencia
I got mad because the waiter served me a flat soft drink.Me enojé porque el mesero me sirvió un refresco sin efervescencia.
7. (music)
a. bemol
The pianist will now perform Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major.La orquesta ahora tocará el Nocturno de Chopin en mi bemol mayor.
b. desafinado (below normal pitch)
You need to tune your instrument. It's flat.Debes afinar tu instrumento. Está desafinado.
8. (not variable)
a. fijo
We got a flat rate mortgage.Conseguimos una hipoteca de tasa fija.
9. (shallow)
a. llano
Use a flat tray for baking the cookies.Utiliza una charola llana para hornear las galletas.
10. (deflated)
a. desinflado
The baby cried when he saw his balloon was flat.El bebé lloró al ver que el globo estaba desinflado.
b. pinchado
I got a flat tire, and then discovered the spare was also flat.Se me ponchó la llanta, y luego descubrí que la refacción también estaba pinchada.
11. (inactive)
a. flojo
The rainy summer has brought flat sales of beach wear.Con el verano lluvioso, las ventas de ropa de playa están flojas.
12. (relating to horse racing)
a. de carreras de caballos
The champion flat jockey for 2014 was Richard Hughes with 161 wins.El jinete campeón de carreras de caballos de 2014 fue Richard Hughes con 161 victorias.
13. (not shiny)
a. mate
Blanca painted her house with flat paint.Blanca pintó su casa con pintura mate.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
14. (deflated tire)
a. el pinchazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I got a flat on my way to work yesterday.Tuve un pinchazo rumbo al trabajo ayer.
b. la ponchada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
You need to get that flat fixed to continue the journey.Tienes que arreglar esa ponchada para continuar con el viaje.
c. la rueda desinflada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're late because we got a flat on our way here.Llegamos tarde por culpa de una rueda desinflada en el camino.
15. (apartment) (United Kingdom)
a. el apartamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She has a flat for holidays in Miami.Tiene un apartamento para las vacaciones en Miami.
b. el departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Adrian lives in an old flat in Mexico City.Adrián vive en un viejo departamento en la ciudad de México.
c. el piso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I rent a flat downtown for $5,000 a month.Alquilo un piso en el centro por $5,000 al mes.
16. (music)
a. el bemol
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You need to hold down all three keys to play the flat.Hay que apretar los tres pistones para tocar el bemol.
17. (anatomy)
a. la palma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She smoothed her blouse with the flat of her hand.Alisó su blusa con la palma de la mano.
18. (of sword or knife)
a. la hoja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I use the flat of a knife for crushing garlic.Utilizo la hoja de un cuchillo para machucar el ajo.
19. (theater)
a. el bastidor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cast signed the back of the flats that were used in the play.El elenco firmó el dorso de los bastidores que se usaron en la obra.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
20. (exactly)
a. justo
Jack swam 50 yards in 24 seconds flat.Jack nadó 50 yardas en 24 segundos justos.
b. exacto
It took eight days flat to drive across the continent.Se tardaron ocho días exactos en atravesar el continente en carro.
21. (definitively)
a. categóricamente
The president flat denied any wrongdoing.El presidente negó categóricamente que se hubiera cometido un acto indebido.
b. de plano
I told her flat out that I wouldn’t go out with her again.Le dije de plano que no saldría con ella de nuevo.
22. (completely)
a. completamente
He lost his job last month and now he’s flat broke.Perdió el empleo el mes pasado y ahora está completamente pelado.
23. (music)
a. demasiado bajo
You started out fine, but by the end you were singing flat.Empezaste bien, pero al final estabas cantando demasiado bajo.
b. desafinado
Be careful! You're singing flat!¡Ten cuidado! ¡Estás cantando desafinado!
flats
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
24. (footwear)
a. zapatos bajos
We will be walking over uneven surfaces, so we should wear flats.Caminaremos sobre superficies irregulares, por lo que deberíamos usar zapatos bajos.
b. zapatos de taco bajo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They have a huge collection of very stylish flats.Tienen una enorme colección de zapatos de taco bajo muy elegantes.
c. zapatos de tacón bajo
Flats are your best choice if you like to be comfortable and fashionable.Los zapatos de tacón bajo son la mejor elección si te gusta ir cómoda y a la moda.
25. (geography)
a. las marismas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We went bird watching on the flats.Fuimos a observar las aves en las marismas.
b. los bancos de arena
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They went to ride their bikes out on the flats.Salieron a andar en moto por los bancos de arena.
c. la llanura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We raced our cars on the flats.Corrimos con los carros por la llanura.
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floor(
flawr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (surface you walk on indoors)
a. el piso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Be really careful when you get out of the shower; the floor is wet.Ten cuidado al salir de la ducha; el piso está mojado.
b. el suelo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I like sitting on the floor in the summer because it feels cool.Me gusta sentarme en el suelo durante el verano porque se siente fresco.
c. la pista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for dancing)
Let's get on the floor. I love this song!Vámonos a la pista. ¡Esta canción me encanta!
2. (level in a building)
a. el piso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I live on the fourth floor, next to the gym.Vivo en el cuarto piso, al lado del gimnasio.
b. la planta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All the stores are located on the ground floor.Todas las tiendas están localizadas en la planta baja.
3. (of the ocean)
a. el fondo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I saw a documentary about life on the ocean floor.Vi un documental sobre la vida en el fondo del mar.
4. (of stock exchange)
a. el parquet
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My cousin works on the floor of the stock exchange.Mi primo trabaja en el parquet de la bolsa de valores.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to install flooring)
a. solar
They're flooring the kitchen today, so you won't be able to cook.Van a solar la cocina hoy, así que no podrás cocinar.
b. pavimentar
They stirred up a lot of dust when they floored the hallway.Levantaron mucho polvo cuando pavimentaron el pasillo.
6. (to knock down)
a. derribar
You floored him with a single punch. I can't believe it.Lo derribaste con un solo golpe. No lo puedo creer.
7. (to astonish)
a. dejar helado
I was floored by the news that dinosaurs had been discovered in the depths of the ocean.Me dejó helada la noticia que descubrieron dinosaurios en las profundidades del mar.
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