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level


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Level  \Lev"el\  (l[e^]v"[e^]l),  n.  [OE.  level,  livel,  OF  livel, 
  F.  niveau  fr  L.  libella  level,  water  level,  a  plumb  level, 
  dim.  of  libra  pound,  measure  for  liquids,  balance,  water 
  poise,  level.  Cf  {Librate},  {Libella}.] 
  1.  A  line  or  surface  to  which  at  every  point,  a  vertical  or 
  plumb  line  is  perpendicular;  a  line  or  surface  which  is 
  everywhere  parallel  to  the  surface  of  still  water;  --  this 
  is  the  true  level,  and  is  a  curve  or  surface  in  which  all 
  points  are  equally  distant  from  the  center  of  the  earth, 
  or  rather  would  be  so  if  the  earth  were  an  exact  sphere. 
 
  2.  A  horizontal  line  or  plane;  that  is  a  straight  line  or  a 
  plane  which  is  tangent  to  a  true  level  at  a  given  point 
  and  hence  parallel  to  the  horizon  at  that  point;  --  this 
  is  the  apparent  level  at  the  given  point. 
 
  3.  An  approximately  horizontal  line  or  surface  at  a  certain 
  degree  of  altitude,  or  distance  from  the  center  of  the 
  earth;  as  to  climb  from  the  level  of  the  coast  to  the 
  level  of  the  plateau  and  then  descend  to  the  level  of  the 
  valley  or  of  the  sea. 
 
  After  draining  of  the  level  in  Northamptonshire 
  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  Shot  from  the  deadly  level  of  a  gun.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Hence  figuratively,  a  certain  position,  rank,  standard, 
  degree,  quality,  character,  etc.,  conceived  of  as  in  one 
  of  several  planes  of  different  elevation. 
 
  Providence,  for  the  most  part  sets  us  on  a  level. 
  --Addison. 
 
  Somebody  there  of  his  own  level.  --Swift. 
 
  Be  the  fair  level  of  thy  actions  laid  As  temperance 
  wills  and  prudence  may  persuade.  --Prior. 
 
  5.  A  uniform  or  average  height;  a  normal  plane  or  altitude;  a 
  condition  conformable  to  natural  law  or  which  will  secure 
  a  level  surface;  as  moving  fluids  seek  a  level. 
 
  When  merit  shall  find  its  level.  --F.  W. 
  Robertson 
 
  6.  (Mech.  &  Surv.) 
  a  An  instrument  by  which  to  find  a  horizontal  line  or 
  adjust  something  with  reference  to  a  horizontal  line 
  b  A  measurement  of  the  difference  of  altitude  of  two 
  points,  by  means  of  a  level;  as  to  take  a  level. 
 
  7.  A  horizontal  passage,  drift,  or  adit,  in  a  mine. 
 
  {Air  level},  {a  spirit  level}.  See  {Spirit  level}  (below). 
 
  {Box  level},  a  spirit  level  in  which  a  glass-covered  box  is 
  used  instead  of  a  tube. 
 
  {Carpenter's  level},  {Mason's  level},  either  the  plumb  level 
  or  a  straight  bar  of  wood,  in  which  is  imbedded  a  small 
  spirit  level. 
 
  {Level  of  the  sea},  the  imaginary  level  from  which  heights 
  and  depths  are  calculated,  taken  at  a  mean  distance 
  between  high  and  low  water. 
 
  {Line  of  levels},  a  connected  series  of  measurements,  by 
  means  of  a  level,  along  a  given  line  as  of  a  railroad,  to 
  ascertain  the  profile  of  the  ground. 
 
  {Plumb  level},  one  in  which  a  horizontal  bar  is  placed  in 
  true  position  by  means  of  a  plumb  line  to  which  it  is  at 
  right  angles. 
 
  {Spirit  level},  one  in  which  the  adjustment  to  the  horizon  is 
  shown  by  the  position  of  a  bubble  in  alcohol  or  ether 
  contained  in  a  nearly  horizontal  glass  tube,  or  a  circular 
  box  with  a  glass  cover. 
 
  {Surveyor's  level},  a  telescope,  with  a  spirit  level 
  attached,  and  with  suitable  screws,  etc.,  for  accurate 
  adjustment,  the  whole  mounted  on  a  tripod,  for  use  in 
  leveling;  --  called  also  {leveling  instrument}. 
 
  {Water  level},  an  instrument  to  show  the  level  by  means  of 
  the  surface  of  water  in  a  trough,  or  in  upright  tubes 
  connected  by  a  pipe. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Level  \Lev"el\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Leveled}  (-[e^]ld)  or 
  {Levelled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Leveling}  or  {Levelling}.] 
  1.  To  make  level;  to  make  horizontal;  to  bring  to  the 
  condition  of  a  level  line  or  surface;  hence  to  make  flat 
  or  even  as  to  level  a  road,  a  walk,  or  a  garden. 
 
  2.  To  bring  to  a  lower  level;  to  overthrow;  to  topple  down 
  to  reduce  to  a  flat  surface;  to  lower. 
 
  And  their  proud  structures  level  with  the  ground. 
  --Sandys. 
 
  He  levels  mountains  and  he  raises  plains.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  bring  to  a  horizontal  position,  as  a  gun;  hence  to 
  point  in  taking  aim  to  aim  to  direct. 
 
  Bertram  de  Gordon,  standing  on  the  castle  wall, 
  leveled  a  quarrel  out  of  a  crossbow.  --Stow. 
 
  4.  Figuratively,  to  bring  to  a  common  level  or  plane,  in 
  respect  of  rank,  condition,  character,  privilege,  etc.; 
  as  to  level  all  the  ranks  and  conditions  of  men. 
 
  5.  To  adjust  or  adapt  to  a  certain  level;  as  to  level 
  remarks  to  the  capacity  of  children. 
 
  For  all  his  mind  on  honor  fixed  is  To  which  he 
  levels  all  his  purposes.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Level  \Lev"el\  (l[e^]v"[e^]l),  a. 
  1.  Even  flat;  having  no  part  higher  than  another;  having  or 
  conforming  to  the  curvature  which  belongs  to  the 
  undisturbed  liquid  parts  of  the  earth's  surface;  as  a 
  level  field;  level  ground;  the  level  surface  of  a  pond  or 
  lake. 
 
  Ample  spaces  o'er  the  smooth  And  level  pavement. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Coinciding  or  parallel  with  the  plane  of  the  horizon; 
  horizontal;  as  the  telescope  is  now  level. 
 
  3.  Even  with  anything  else;  of  the  same  height;  on  the  same 
  line  or  plane;  on  the  same  footing;  of  equal  importance; 
  --  followed  by  with  sometimes  by  to 
 
  Young  boys  and  girls  Are  level  now  with  men;  the 
  odds  is  gone.  --Shak. 
 
  Everything  lies  level  to  our  wish.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Straightforward;  direct;  clear;  open 
 
  A  very  plain  and  level  account.  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  5.  Well  balanced;  even  just  steady;  impartial;  as  a  level 
  head;  a  level  understanding.  [Colloq.]  ``  A  level 
  consideration.''  --Shak. 
 
  6.  (Phonetics)  Of  even  tone;  without  rising  or  falling 
  inflection.  --H.  Sweet. 
 
  {Level  line}  (Shipbuilding),  the  outline  of  a  section  which 
  is  horizontal  crosswise,  and  parallel  with  the  rabbet  of 
  the  keel  lengthwise. 
 
  {Level  surface}  (Physics),  an  equipotential  surface  at  right 
  angles  at  every  point  to  the  lines  of  force. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Level  \Lev"el\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  level;  to  be  on  a  level  with  or  on  an  equality 
  with  something  hence  to  accord;  to  agree;  to  suit. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  With  such  accommodation  and  besort  As  levels  with 
  her  breeding.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  aim  a  gun,  spear,  etc.,  horizontally;  hence  to  aim  or 
  point  a  weapon  in  direct  line  with  the  mark;  fig.,  to 
  direct  the  eye,  mind,  or  effort,  directly  to  an  object. 
 
  The  foeman  may  with  as  great  aim  level  at  the  edge 
  of  a  penknife.  --Shak. 
 
  The  glory  of  God  and  the  good  of  his  church  .  .  . 
  ought  to  be  the  mark  whereat  we  also  level. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  She  leveled  at  our  purposes.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  level 
  adj  1:  having  a  horizontal  surface  in  which  no  part  is  higher  or 
  lower  than  another;  "a  flat  desk";  "acres  of  level 
  farmland";  "a  plane  surface"  [syn:  {flat},  {plane}] 
  2:  not  showing  abrupt  variations;  "spoke  in  a  level  voice"; 
  "she  gave  him  a  level  look"-  Louis  Auchincloss  [syn:  {unwavering}] 
  3:  being  on  a  precise  horizontal  plane;  "a  billiard  table  must 
  be  level" 
  4:  oriented  at  right  angles  to  the  plumb;  "the  picture  is 
  level" 
  n  1:  a  position  on  a  scale  of  intensity  or  amount  or  quality:  "a 
  moderate  degree  of  intelligence";  "a  high  level  of  care 
  is  required";  "it  is  all  a  matter  of  degree"  [syn:  {degree}, 
  {grade}] 
  2:  a  relative  position  or  degree  of  value  in  a  graded  group: 
  "lumber  of  the  highest  grade"  [syn:  {grade},  {tier}] 
  3:  a  specific  identifiable  position  in  a  continuum  or  series  or 
  especially  in  a  process;  "a  remarkable  degree  of 
  frankness";  "at  what  stage  are  the  social  sciences?"  [syn: 
  {degree},  {stage},  {point}] 
  4:  height  above  ground:  "the  water  reached  ankle  level";  "the 
  pictures  were  at  the  same  level" 
  5:  establishes  the  horizontal  when  a  bubble  is  centered  in  a 
  tube  of  liquid  [syn:  {spirit  level}] 
  6:  a  flat  surface  at  right  angles  to  a  plumb  line  "park  the 
  car  on  the  level"  [syn:  {horizontal  surface}] 
  7:  a  room  or  set  of  rooms  comprising  a  single  level  of  a 
  multi-level  building;  "what  level  is  the  office  on?"  [syn: 
  {floor},  {storey},  {story}] 
  v  1:  aim  at  "level  criticism  or  charges  at  somebody" 
  2:  tear  down  so  as  to  make  flat  with  the  ground;  "The  building 
  was  levelled"  [syn:  {raze},  {rase},  {dismantle},  {tear 
  down},  {take  down},  {pull  down}]  [ant:  {raise}] 
  3:  make  level  or  straight;  "level  the  ground"  [syn:  {even  out}, 
  {even}] 
  4:  direct  into  a  position  for  use  "point  a  gun";  "He  charged 
  his  weapon  at  me"  [syn:  {charge},  {point}] 
  5:  talk  frankly  with  lay  it  on  the  line  "I  have  to  level  with 
  you" 
  6:  become  level  or  even  "The  ground  levelled  off"  [syn:  {level 
  off}] 




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