- 1Make or become flat or flatter: [with object]: spoon the mixture into the pan, flatten into cakes, and fry until brown [no object]: the ground flattened out and became marshy (as adjective flattened) they were dancing on the flattened grassMore example sentences
- Secondly, the mixture is then flattened out in the blending machine, and then it is flattened further in an extruder machine.
- The heavy boots he wore had long ago flattened and grass he walked on, making a perfectly straight path where he had paced for the past few hours.
- She quickly brushed, combed, and flattened her hair.
- 1.1 [with object] Press (oneself or one’s body) against a surface, typically to get away from something or to let someone pass: they flattened themselves on the pavement as a bomb came whistling downMore example sentences
- A group of children noisily pushed through the crowd, so Jag flattened himself against the wall to keep from getting squashed.
- He has flattened himself violently against the wall, his knees bent in towards it, body shaking.
- She flattened herself against the treetrunk and waited.
- 2 [with object] Raze (a building or settlement) to the ground: the hurricane flattened thousands of homesMore example sentences
- The army has used its newly acquired firepower to flatten houses and other buildings, destroy coconut plantations and turn the city into a virtual ghost town.
- But the torrent of brown water, which was already flattening buildings, wiped out the jeep, drowning her grandchildren.
- Just 12 minutes after the order, the bombs were dropped from an altitude of 20,000 ft, flattening the building.
- 2.1 • informal Knock someone down with power and vigor: once I’m in the ring, I know I can flatten him
- 1(Of an increasing quantity or rate) show a less marked rise; slow down.More example sentences
- Despite an ongoing economic boom, Portland's housing cost increases flattened out after 1995, and now roughly match the rate of inflation.
- On the other hand, the survey report will point out that the recent fall in unemployment is slowing, effectively flattening out over the past three months.
- The long ‘plateau’ period where this rise in prosecutions flattened out is more difficult to explain.
- 2Make an aircraft fly horizontally after a dive or climb: he flattened out and made a fine three-point landingMore example sentences
- People out fishing reported seeing the aircraft flying straight and level, then entering a spiral dive before flattening out momentarily.
- The Ju 88 went into a steep, jinking dive with the rear gunner firing at the other members of his Section who all attacked, until the Ju 88 flattened out and crash-landed at high speed.