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flatten

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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Given this interpretation, future short-term rates may be expected to decline, which tends to reduce current long-term rates and flatten the yield curve.
Workers have been known to flatten the bumps on a tension washer with a hammer or file to make a bolt easier to tighten.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought radial keratotomy, in which surgeons slice the cornea with a knife, or surgery with a laser that shaves the cornea to flatten it.
Beautiful, really, unless one of those leaning trees falls over and flattens your car.
She flattens the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into an undifferentiated mass with few rhythms of its own.
The snake also flattens itself to twice its normal width, probably aiding lift.