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  3  definitions  found 
  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. 
  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]: 
  Leveling  \Lev"el*ing\,  n.  [Written  also  levelling.] 
  1.  The  act  or  operation  of  making  level. 
  2.  (Surveying)  The  art  or  operation  of  using  a  leveling 
  instrument  for  finding  a  horizontal  line  for  ascertaining 
  the  differences  of  level  between  different  points  of  the 
  earth's  surface  included  in  a  survey,  for  establishing 
  grades,  etc.,  as  in  finding  the  descent  of  a  river,  or 
  locating  a  line  of  railroad. 
  {Leveling  instrument}.  See  {Surveyor's  level},  under  {Level}, 
  {Leveling  staff},  a  graduated  rod  or  staff  used  in  connection 
  with  a  leveling  instrument  for  measuring  differences  of 
  level  between  points. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  changing  the  ground  level  to  a  smooth  horizontal  or  gently 
  sloping  surface  [syn:  {grading}] 
  2:  complete  destruction  of  a  building  [syn:  {razing},  {tearing 
  down},  {demolishing}] 
  3:  the  act  of  making  equal  or  uniform  [syn:  {equalization},  {equilisation}] 

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