Flatten



[flat-n] /ˈflæt n/

verb (used with object)
1.
to make .
2.
to knock down:
The boxer flattened his opponent in the second round.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become .
Verb phrases
4.
flatten in, Nautical. 1 (def 61).
5.
flatten out, Aeronautics. to fly into a horizontal position, as after a dive.
/ˈflætən/
verb
1.
(sometimes foll by out) to make or become flat or flatter
2.
(transitive) (informal)

3.
(transitive) (music) to lower the pitch of (a note) by one chromatic semitone Usual US word flat
4.
(intransitive) foll by out. to manoeuvre an aircraft into horizontal flight, esp after a dive
v.

late 14c., “to prostrate oneself,” also “to fall flat,” from flat (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning “to make flat” is 1620s. Related: Flattened; flattening.

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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