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Meaning of FLATTEN

Pronunciation:  'flatn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lower the pitch of (musical notes)
  2. [v]  become flat or flatter; "The landscape flattened"
  3. [v]  make flat or flatter; "flatten a road", "flatten your stomach with these exercises"

FLATTEN is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: drop, flatten out
 Antonyms: sharpen
 See Also: alter, change, change form, change shape, deform, form, laminate, press, roll, roll out, shape, splat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flat"ten\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flattened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Flattening}.] [From {Flat}, a.]
    1. To reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness;
       to make flat; to level; to make plane.
    2. To throw down; to bring to the ground; to prostrate;
       hence, to depress; to deject; to dispirit.
    3. To make vapid or insipid; to render stale.
    4. (Mus.) To lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less
       sharp; to let fall from the pitch.
    {To flatten a sail} (Naut.), to set it more nearly
       fore-and-aft of the vessel.
    {Flattening oven}, in glass making, a heated chamber in which
       split glass cylinders are flattened for window glass.
  2. \Flat"ten\, v. i.
    To become or grow flat, even, depressed dull, vapid,
    spiritless, or depressed below pitch.
Computing Dictionary

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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