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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flatten  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flatten  \Flat"ten\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  or  grow  flat,  even  depressed  dull,  vapid, 
  spiritless,  or  depressed  below  pitch. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flatten 
  v  1:  make  flat  or  flatter;  "flatten  a  road",  "flatten  your 
  stomach  with  these  exercises" 
  2:  become  flat  or  flatter;  "The  landscape  flattened"  [syn:  {flatten 
  out}] 
  3:  lower  the  pitch  of  (musical  notes)  [syn:  {drop}]  [ant:  {sharpen}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  flatten  vt  [common]  To  remove  structural  information,  esp.  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." 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  flatten 
 
  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." 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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