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Definitions of flatten

  1. To become flat, or tasteless, or spiritless; to render a sound less sharp. To flatten a sail, to extend a sail lengthwise of the vessel, for the purpose of catching the side-wind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To make or become flat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To make level or even; beat down; depress; make dull, insipid, or tasteless; lower in tone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To make flat; to reduce to an equal or even surface; to level; to lay flat; to bring to the ground; to prostrate; to make vapid or insipid; to render stale; to depress; to deject, as the spirits; to dispirit; in music, to lower in pitch; to render less acute or sharp. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To make flat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To become or grow flat, even, depressed dull, vapid, spiritless, or depressed below pitch. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To become even or level; become insipid. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To become flat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. become flat or flatter; "The landscape flattened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. make flat or flatter; "flatten a road"; "flatten your stomach with these exercises" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To make or lay flat; to make vapid or insipid; to depress; to dispirit; to render less acute or sharp. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To make flat; to become flat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. To reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness; to make flat; to level; to make plane. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To make vapid or insipid; to render stale. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less sharp; to let fall from the pitch. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for flatten

  1. Then he puts back the earth, jumps on it to flatten it down, and throws down his sexton's spade. – War by Pierre Loti
  2. His mate fired at the tree from which the shot had evidently come, but the bullet did nothing more than flatten itself against the trunk in a shower of dust and dry bark. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
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