Flatten Flat"ten (fl[a^]t"t'n), 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To throw down; to bring to the ground; to prostrate; hence, to depress; to deject; to dispirit. [1913 Webster]

3. To make vapid or insipid; to render stale. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) To lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less sharp; to let fall from the pitch. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flattened — adj. 1. shaped like a thin sheet. Syn: planate. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 2. (Biol) flattened laterally along the whole length e.g. certain leafstalks or flatfishes. Syn: compressed, flat. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flattened — adjective Made flat by something. We removed the fallen tree from the flattened car …   Wiktionary

  • flattened — adjective having been flattened (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑planate • Similar to: ↑planar, ↑two dimensional …   Useful english dictionary

  • flattened — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. leveled, depressed, planed, smoothed; see flat 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • flattened — flat|tened [ flætnd ] adjective 1. ) upset and unhappy about something someone has said 2. ) seriously damaged or completely destroyed, for example in a war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flattened — adj. leveled; straightened; made flat; knocked down; made insipid or dull flat·ten || flætn v. make level or smooth; become level; make flat; beat flat; knock down; make insipid or dull …   English contemporary dictionary

  • flattened — adjective (not before noun) unhappy and embarrassed because of what someone has said about you …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • flattened — UK [ˈflæt(ə)nd] / US adjective 1) upset and unhappy about something that someone has said 2) seriously damaged or completely destroyed, for example in a war …   English dictionary

  • flattened —   Pē, pālaha.   Also: ūpē, kāmoe, kūloku, ōpaha, he a, ku i pē …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Flattened rice — (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes… …   Wikipedia

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