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Meaning of LEVER

Pronunciation:  'levur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
  2. [n]  a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
  3. [n]  a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
  4. [v]  to move or force, esp. in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock", "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"

LEVER is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: jimmy, lever tumbler, prise, prize, pry
 See Also: bar, cant dog, compound lever, control stick, crowbar, foot lever, foot pedal, fulcrum, gun trigger, hand throttle, joystick, key, lever lock, loose, loosen, machine, open, open up, peavey, peavy, pedal, pinch bar, pry, pry bar, ripping bar, rocker arm, simple machine, spark lever, stick, tappet, tiller, tire iron, tire tool, treadle, trigger, tumbler, valve rocker, wrecking bar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lev"er\ (l[=e]"v[~e]r), a. [Old compar. of leve or lief.]
    More agreeable; more pleasing. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {To be lever than}. See {Had as lief}, under {Had}.
  2. \Lev"er\, adv.
    Rather. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
          For lever had I die than see his deadly face.
  3. \Le"ver\ (l[=e]"v[~e]r or l[e^]v"[~e]r; 277), n. [OE.
    levour, OF. leveor, prop., a lifter, fr. F. lever to raise,
    L. levare; akin to levis light in weight, E. levity, and
    perh. to E. light not heavy: cf. F. levier. Cf. {Alleviate},
    {Elevate}, {Leaven}, {Legerdemain}, {Levee}, {Levy}, n.]
    1. (Mech.) A rigid piece which is capable of turning about
       one point, or axis (the fulcrum), and in which are two or
       more other points where forces are applied; -- used for
       transmitting and modifying force and motion. Specif., a
       bar of metal, wood, or other rigid substance, used to
       exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its
       length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and
       turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It
       is usually named as the first of the six mechanical
       powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the
       fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is
       situated between the other two, as in the figures.
    2. (Mach.)
       (a) A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece
           to turn it.
       (b) An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or
           to obtain motion from it.
    {Compound lever}, a machine consisting of two or more levers
       acting upon each other.
    {Lever escapement}. See {Escapement}.
    {Lever jack}. See {Jack}, n., 5.
    {Lever watch}, a watch having a vibrating lever to connect
       the action of the escape wheel with that of the balance.
    {Universal lever}, a machine formed by a combination of a
       lever with the wheel and axle, in such a manner as to
       convert the reciprocating motion of the lever into a
       continued rectilinear motion of some body to which the
       power is applied.
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