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Meaning of LEVEL

Pronunciation:  'levul

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  1. [n]  structure consisting of a room or set of rooms comprising a single level of a multilevel building; "what level is the office on?"
  2. [n]  a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line; "park the car on the level"
  3. [n]  indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [n]  height above ground; "the water reached ankle level"; "the pictures were at the same level"
  6. [n]  an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"
  7. [n]  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?"
  8. [n]  a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; "lumber of the highest grade"
  9. [adj]  having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"
  10. [adj]  oriented at right angles to the plumb; "the picture is level"
  11. [adj]  being on a precise horizontal plane; "a billiard table must be level"
  12. [adj]  not showing abrupt variations; "spoke in a level voice"; "she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss
  13. [v]  become level or even; "The ground levelled off"
  14. [v]  talk frankly with; lay it on the line; "I have to level with you"
  15. [v]  direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
  16. [v]  aim at; "level criticism or charges at somebody"
  17. [v]  tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled"
  18. [v]  make level or straight; "level the ground"

LEVEL is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: charge, degree, degree, dismantle, even, even, even out, flat, floor, grade, grade, horizontal, horizontal surface, layer, level off, plane, point, point, pull down, rase, raze, spirit level, stage, steady, storey, story, stratum, take down, tear down, tier, unwavering
 Antonyms: erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
 See Also: A level, acme, aim, altitude, amplitude level, attic, basement, building, bulldoze, caliber, calibre, carpenter's level, cellar, change surface, change surface, climax, college level, construction, depth, destroy, destruct, direct, edifice, elevation, end point, extent, extreme, first floor, flooring, garret, grade, ground floor, ground level, height, height, high, immoderateness, immoderation, indicator, intensity, intensiveness, loft, low, magnitude, mason's level, mezzanine, mezzanine floor, moderateness, moderation, O level, paved surface, peak, pinnacle, place, plane, plane, platform, quality, quickening, rank, resultant, speak, standard of life, standard of living, state, state of the art, strickle, strike, structure, summit, superlative, surface, surveyor's level, take, take aim, talk, top, train, ultimacy, ultimateness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             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.
    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.
  2. \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
             Ample spaces o'er the smooth And level pavement.
    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.
  3. \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.
  4. \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.
             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.
             She leveled at our purposes.          --Shak.
 Definition: the basic vertical subdivision of an excavation unit. May be natural. arbitrary or contoured.
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