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Meaning of FLATTEN

Pronunciation:  'flatn

Matching Terms:  flatten out, flattened, flatter, flatterer, flattering, flatteringly, flattery

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To remove structural information, especially to filter something with an implicit tree structure into a simple sequence of leaves; also tends to imply mapping to flat ascii. "This code flattens an expression with parentheses into an equivalent canonical form."

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