from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of flatten.
  • n. The act, or the result of making something flat of flatter
  • n. A flattened part of something

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In vegetable teratol., the abnormal assumption by normally cylindrical stems, branches, or other organs of a compressed or flattened condition.


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  • Success is defined as flattening the competition, not creating excellence.

    American Sketches

  • We do expect even though there might be a short-term flattening of use in certain areas even within label, there should be increased interest in K-ras characterization and considering ERBITUX when other therapies are failing. Home Page

  • a property price correction was clearly under way, it was most likely to resemble the kind of long-term flattening of prices seen in the Sydney housing market after the effects of the first round of the first home buyer grant abated in 2003.

    The Age News Headlines

  • Basically, it boils down to this: we’re already pretty damn prosperous, we haven’t had any technological paradigm shifts equivalent to rural electrification lately — and so we ought to expect a certain flattening out of the growth curve, as we encounter inherent limits to productivity while other countries still have a lot of marginal gains to make.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Wage Stagnation Debate

  • “If we say “mothers should not judge one another. period.” doesn’t that have a certain flattening effect? doesn’t this type of moral relativism deflate activism and debate and not allow us to critique one another or certain ideals?

    I Was Drinking When I Wrote This | Her Bad Mother

  • Known as a flattening yield curve, it was a sign of heightened fears about a recession in the U.S. and more actions from the Fed.

    Yields on Safe-Haven Bonds Near Historic Lows

  • This falling premium reflects what's known as a flattening yield curve, something that traditionally signals economic weakness and could spur more calls for support from the Fed.

    Treasury Yields Dip Lower

  • Known as a flattening yield curve, the narrowing yield spread is a blow to banks as this compresses their profit margins.

    In a 'Twist,' Long-Dated Bonds Soar

  • Such a move is known as a flattening yield-curve trade.

    Treasurys Climb on Fed Move

  • Long-dated Treasurys have outperformed short-dated maturities since the start of the week, which has narrowed their yield gaps, known as a flattening of the yield curve.

    Shorter-Term Treasurys Retreat


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