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To remove structural information, especially to filter something with an implicit tree structure into a simple sequence of leaves; also tends to imply mapping to flat ASCII. "This code flattens an expression with parentheses into an equivalent canonical form."
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AKMAL flattened out towards the end of the last campaign, but he remains some way clear of most of his rivals in the totesport.
John Dunlop's flashy stayer may have flattened out towards the end of the last campaign, but he remains some way clear of most of his rivals in the totesport.
Eberle's photograph, taken in the 1963 Tennessee Pipeline Company Building in Houston, shows a dense grid of small illuminated squares emerging from a dark background, though the light and dark areas are so flattened out that it is impossible to discern scale or material.