• WordNet 3.6
    • v flatten lower the pitch of (musical notes)
    • v flatten become flat or flatter "The landscape flattened"
    • v flatten make flat or flatter "flatten a road","flatten your stomach with these exercises"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
    • v. i Flatten To become or grow flat, even, depressed, dull, vapid, spiritless, or depressed below pitch.
    • Flatten (Mus) To lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less sharp; to let fall from the pitch.
    • Flatten To make vapid or insipid; to render stale.
    • Flatten To reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness; to make flat; to level; to make plane.
    • Flatten To throw down; to bring to the ground; to prostrate; hence, to depress; to deject; to dispirit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The flying snake of Java and Malaysia is able to flatten itself out like a ribbon and sail like a glider from tree to tree.
    • flatten To make flat; reduce to an equal or even surface; level.
    • flatten To lay flat; bring to the ground; prostrate.
    • flatten To make vapid or insipid; render stale.
    • flatten In music, same as flat, 4.
    • flatten To deaden or deprive of luster, as a pigment; bring to a smooth surface or even tint, without relief or gradation.
    • flatten In optics, to free from curvature or distortion, as the lines of an image projected by a lens.
    • flatten To become flat; grow or become even on the surface.
    • flatten To become stale, vapid, or tasteless.
    • flatten In music, same as flat, 3.
    • flatten Flat; foolish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
    • v.t Flatten to make flat
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  • Hilaire Belloc
    “I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Flat (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root found in Ice. flatr, flat, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, Old High Ger. flaz.


In literature:

Still later the patients throw out rounded lumps of greenish yellow or yellowish green color, which flatten out like a coin in the spittoon.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
It is flattened to some extent at each of the poles.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
There is nothing in the walk itself to flatten down the occasion.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
He flattened it out on the table, and it showed, as Wyllard had expected, a strip of the Kamtchatkan coast.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
Lastly, its two extremities or poles are slightly flattened.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The rubbing down process does not leave a facetted surface, but only a coarse roughly rounded or flattened surface.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
The insulated nickel wire is wound in a flattened spiral and then passed through a thin lead tube flattened somewhat.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
The leaf stalk is flattened, so that the leaves hang vertically.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
We flattened ourselves out and urged our horses to greater speed.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh

In poetry:

North of Solitary Mountain Temple
and west of Chia Pavilion
the water's surface is flattened
by the wet feet of clouds.
"Spring Visit to Chien-Tang Lake " by Bai JuYi
When tempests cease, And, hush'd in peace,
The flatten'd surges, smoothly spread,
Deep silence keep, And seem to sleep
Recumbent on their oozy bed;
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
Dead outlook, flattened back with hard rebound
Off walls of distance, left each mounted height.
It seemed a giant hag-fiend, churning spite
Of humble human being, held the ground.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
And this identity we feel
- Perhaps not right, perhaps not real -
Will link us constantly;
I see the rock, the clay, the chalk,
The flattened grass, the swaying stalk,
And it is you I see.
"The Little Lives Of Earth And Form" by Philip Larkin
And then she knows that mystic thing
Her jealous earth concealed --
The glory of a Mallee spring
And many a fruitful yield
Of green corn quickened by sweet showers,
And kine that flatten mid the flowers.
"Country Towns - Boort" by C J Dennis
This taste of life-the scent of ripe grain in an autumn afternoon-
You could not tolerate.
In the morgue, is your heart at ease
In the morgue, in that suffocating stillness
Like a flattened rat with blood-smeared lips.
"A day 8 Years Ago (At bachar ager Ekadin)" by Jibanananda Das

In news:

West Virginia explosion of a natural gas line wiped out a wide swath of Interstate 77 and flattened homes.
Google yesterday updated its increasingly popular browser, Chrome, to version 11, adding support for HTML voice input, squashing over two dozen bugs, and switching to a flattened, 2-D version of its familiar logo.
US government figures show exports have flattened out this year.
You can reduce the size in these formats by flattening the image, but you'll lose the capability of reworking the individual layers later.
We are glad to report that long vacant service station building and carwash at the corner of Walnut and Kentucky avenues has been flattened.
Juniper 's converged infrastructure system and strategy for both flattening and making more flexible the traditional data center -- anticipated the SDN trend with its emphasis on virtualized networking and programmability.
Flattening the Learning Curve .
Advanced Pavement Maintenance employee Alfredo Salinas flattens out freshly laid asphalt as crews repave portions of the west lanes of Hillside Road between Bell Street and Western Street.
Despite staying healthy most of the year, Bainbridge's housing market proved susceptible to the nationwide real estate slump as island sales and prices flattened in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Production will flatten in first quarter -- but don't panic.
Intended to flatten management structure and reduce payroll, an ongoing reorganization of Augusta government in the works since late 2010 hasn't reduced overall salaries by much, an analysis by The Augusta Chronicle has found.
The State Fire Marshal 's Office is looking into what caused a fire that flattened a home on East Oxford Road in Paris early Saturday morning.
Lightly flatten the balls into small patties.
An Israeli missile has flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City, as Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fire rockets toward Israelis cities.
Power trowels are designed to flatten concrete, which is achieved by processes known as floating and finishing.

In science:

Right at the critical connectivity (◦) the distribution flattens out.
Random Geometric Graphs
Then (X, f ) is an elementary presentation of a branched solenoid and f does not satisfy the Flattening Axiom.
Canonical symbolic dynamics for one-dimensional generalized solenoids
Then (X{q} , f{q} ) satisfies the Flattening Axiom.
Canonical symbolic dynamics for one-dimensional generalized solenoids
We need the Flattening Axiom to guarantee that φO is a conjugacy.
Canonical symbolic dynamics for one-dimensional generalized solenoids
Then (X, g ) satisfies all Axioms except for the Flattening Axiom.
Canonical symbolic dynamics for one-dimensional generalized solenoids