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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make flat or flatter.
  • transitive v. To knock down; lay low: The boxer was flattened with one punch.
  • intransitive v. To become flat or flatter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make something flat or flatter.
  • v. To press one's body tightly against a surface, such as a wall or floor, especially in order to avoid being seen or harmed.
  • v. To knock down or lay low.
  • v. To become flat or flatter.
  • v. To be knocked down or laid low.
  • v. To lower by a semitone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become or grow flat, even, depressed, dull, vapid, spiritless, or depressed below pitch.
  • transitive v. To reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness; to make flat; to level; to make plane.
  • transitive v. To throw down; to bring to the ground; to prostrate; hence, to depress; to deject; to dispirit.
  • transitive v. To make vapid or insipid; to render stale.
  • transitive v. To lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less sharp; to let fall from the pitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make flat; reduce to an equal or even surface; level.
  • To lay flat; bring to the ground; prostrate.
  • To make vapid or insipid; render stale.
  • In music, same as flat, 4.
  • To deaden or deprive of luster, as a pigment; bring to a smooth surface or even tint, without relief or gradation.
  • In optics, to free from curvature or distortion, as the lines of an image projected by a lens.
  • To become flat; grow or become even on the surface.
  • To become stale, vapid, or tasteless.
  • In music, same as flat, 3.
  • Flat; foolish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lower the pitch of (musical notes)
  • v. make flat or flatter
  • v. become flat or flatter

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