Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything used to flatten something

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as flatter.
  • n. Specifically A workman in a glass-works who flattens the softened and split cylinders to form them into sheets, after they are laid upon the flattening-stone of the flattening-furnace.

Etymologies

From flatten +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because the majority of debt supply is concentrated in the front end of the yield curve, traders have been selling the curve --- aka trading the "flattener".

    Mortgage News Daily - Mortgage And Real Estate News

  • With that in mind it is safe to assume traders are unwinding "flattener" strategies after the FOMC meeting indicated rates will remain low for "an extended period".

    Mortgage News Daily - Mortgage And Real Estate News

  • But we also have to think about the role parties play in this question as a flattener of interests.

    Matthew Yglesias » Size Matters

  • Mr. Balestrino is betting on a "bear flattener" in the Treasurys yield curve over the course of the year.

    Inflation Is Dead? Long Live Long-Term Treasurys

  • On a tummy flattener thing at the dollar store: "Stay Beauty Healthy!"

    Did I just read that?

  • So, my advice, is go for it and try to convince them this is the way of the future...the ability to collaborate online using Web 2.0 tools...it is a flattener for us all.

    Learn how to Flatten your Classroom at our Workshop

  • As Reuven says, the wiki technology is 'the ultimate flattener' for interaction and best practice online socialisation as well as digital literacy skill development.

    K12 Wiki Winners!

  • Prudence, not compassion, stopped me from squirting in the lot: it might be that what the syringe held was a flattener for a horse but curtains for a man, and murdering was not going to help.

    Bonecrack

  • The moment it was fairly open the flattener took his polissoir, a rod of iron with a block of wood at one end, and began smoothing out the uneven sheet of glass into a flat surface.

    The Story of Glass

  • The Diamond is good because it holds firmly, is a great flattener, and is especially adapted to the securing of square boxes.

    The Mountains

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