Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Relative position or rank on a scale: the local level of government; studying at the graduate level.
  • n. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration: an unsafe level of toxicity; a high level of frustration.
  • n. A natural or proper position, place, or stage: I finally found my own level in the business world.
  • n. Position along a vertical axis; height or depth: a platform at knee level.
  • n. A horizontal line or plane at right angles to the plumb.
  • n. The position or height of such a line or plane.
  • n. A flat, horizontal surface.
  • n. A land area of uniform elevation.
  • n. An instrument for ascertaining whether a surface is horizontal, vertical, or at a 45° angle, consisting essentially of an encased, liquid-filled tube containing an air bubble that moves to a center window when the instrument is set on an even plane. Also called spirit level.
  • n. Such a device combined with a telescope and used in surveying.
  • n. A computation of the difference in elevation between two points by using such a device.
  • adj. Having a flat, smooth surface.
  • adj. Being on a horizontal plane.
  • adj. Being at the same height or position as another; even.
  • adj. Being at the same degree of rank, standing, or advantage as another; equal.
  • adj. Being or relating to a specified rank or standing. Often used in combination: a lower-level administrator.
  • adj. Exhibiting no abrupt variations; steady: spoke in a level tone.
  • adj. Rational and balanced; sensible: came to a level appraisal of the situation; keeps a level head in an emergency.
  • adj. Filled evenly to the top: a level tablespoon of the medicine.
  • transitive v. To make horizontal, flat, or even: leveled the driveway with a roller; leveled off the hedges with the clippers.
  • transitive v. To tear down; raze.
  • transitive v. To knock down with or as if with a blow: The challenger leveled the champion with a mighty uppercut.
  • transitive v. To place on the same level; equalize.
  • transitive v. To aim along a horizontal plane: leveled the gun at the target.
  • transitive v. To direct emphatically or forcefully toward someone: leveled charges of dishonesty.
  • transitive v. To measure the different elevations of (a tract of land) with a level.
  • intransitive v. To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.
  • intransitive v. To aim a weapon horizontally.
  • intransitive v. Informal To be frank and open: advised the suspect to level with the authorities.
  • adv. Along a flat or even line or plane.
  • level off To move toward stability or consistency: Prices leveled off.
  • level off To maneuver an aircraft into a flight attitude that is parallel to the surface of the earth after gaining or losing altitude.
  • idiom (one's) level best The best one can do in an earnest attempt: I did my level best in math class.
  • idiom on the level Informal Without deception; honest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.
  • adj. At the same height as some reference; constructed as level with.
  • adj. Unvaried in frequency.
  • adj. Calm.
  • adj. in the same position as some thing, for example in a race or in a competition
  • n. A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.
  • n. A distance relative to a given reference elevation.
  • n. Degree or amount.
  • n. In an Internet post, an indication of the number of previous replies at which a portion of text was written.
  • n. One of several discrete segments of a game generally increasing in difficulty. Often numbered. Often, each level occupies different physical space (levels don't require any direct physical relationship to each other, e.g. vertically stacked, horizontally chained, etc).
  • n. A periodic progression of integer values that quantify a character's experience and power.
  • n. A floor of a multi-storey building.
  • n. an area of almost perfectly flat land.
  • v. To adjust so as to make as flat or perpendicular to the ground of possible.
  • v. To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
  • v. To progress to the next level.
  • v. To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
  • v. To make the score of a game equal.
  • v. To levy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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
  • adj. Coinciding or parallel with the plane of the horizon; horizontal.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Straightforward; direct; clear; open.
  • adj. Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial
  • adj. Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An approximately horizontal line or surface at a certain degree of altitude, or distance from the center of the earth.
  • n. Hence, figuratively, a certain position, rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in one of several planes of different elevation.
  • n. A uniform or average height; a normal plane or altitude; a condition conformable to natural law or which will secure a level surface.
  • n.
  • n. An instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust something with reference to a horizontal line.
  • n. A measurement of the difference of altitude of two points, by means of a level.
  • n. A horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a mine.
  • intransitive v. To be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with, something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To make level; to make horizontal; to bring to the condition of a level line or surface; hence, to make flat or even.
  • transitive v. To bring to a lower level; to overthrow; to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower.
  • transitive v. To bring to a horizontal position, as a gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct.
  • transitive v. Figuratively, to bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc..
  • transitive v. To adjust or adapt to a certain level.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for determining the plane of the horizon, or the plane perpendicular to the direction in which bodies fall under the action of gravity.
  • n. An imaginary surface everywhere perpendicular to the plumb-line, or line of gravity, so that it might be the free surface of a liquid at rest.
  • n. Hence Figuratively, degree of elevation as regards standing, condition, or action; a height reached or aimed at, from a social, intellectual, or moral point of view.
  • n. An extent of land-surface approximately horizontal and unbroken by irregularities; a plain.
  • n. The point-blank aim of a missile weapon, including the line of fire and the range or distance the missile is carried without deflection; hence, purpose; aim.
  • n. In mining, a drift or nearly horizontal excavation made in opening a mine. Levels are run to connect shafts and winzes, so as to open and make ready for stoping a certain amount of ground. In a mine regularly opened on a permanent vein, the levels are usually from 60 to 100 feet apart, but vary in position with the varying richness of the lode.
  • n. A leveling-instrument. See clinometer-level and leveling-instrument.
  • Lying in or constituting a horizontal surface; not having one part higher than another; horizontally even or flat; not sloping: as, level ground; a level floor or pavement.
  • Lying in such a surface that no work is gained or lost in the transportation of a particle from any one point of it to any other; equipotential.
  • Existing or acting in the same plane or course; continuing without change of relative elevation; even with something else.
  • With reference to color, especially in dyeing, even; unbroken; uniform.
  • Equal in rank or degree.
  • Well-aimed; direct; straight; in a right line; conformable.
  • Steady; in equipoise.
  • Well-balanced; of good judgment: as, a level head.
  • Synonyms and Level, Flat, Even. In regard to the surface of land, flat is a depreciative word, indicating lowness or unattractiveness, or both; level conveys no slur, and is entirely consistent with beauty: as, flat marshes; level prairies. Flat is a rather more absolute word than level. That which is flat or level is parallel to the horizon; that which is even is free from inequalities: as, an even slope.
  • To make horizontal; bring into a plane parallel to the horizon, as by the use of a leveling-instrument: as, to level a billiard-table.
  • To reduce or remove inequalities of surface in; make even or smooth: as, to level a road or walk.
  • To reduce or bring to the same height as something else; lay flat; especially, to bring down to the ground; prostrate.
  • To reduce to equality of condition, state, or degree; bring to a common level or standing in any respect: as, to level ranks of society.
  • To direct to an object, in a particular line, or toward a purpose; point or aim.
  • To adapt; suit; proportion: as, to level observations to the capacity of children.
  • In surveying, to find the level or the relative elevation of by observation or measurement.
  • In dyeing, to make smooth and uniform. See level, adjective, 4.
  • Synonyms To raze, destroy, demolish.
  • To be in the same direction with something; be aimed.
  • To point a weapon at the mark; take aim: as, he leveled and fired; hence, to direct a purpose; aim.
  • To conjecture; attempt to guess.
  • To accord; agree; suit.
  • To work with a leveling-instrument; make the observations necessary for constructing a profile or vertical section of any line on the earth's surface, or for ascertaining the difference of elevation between two or more stations.
  • A corruption of levy.
  • n. The correction for level of an astronomical instrument; the deviation of its axis from exact horizontality.
  • n. In landscape-gardening, one of the horizontal surfaces in which an irregular piece of land may be arranged. By the use of different levels the designer may place various features of his design above or below the eye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not showing abrupt variations
  • adj. oriented at right angles to the plumb
  • v. make level or straight
  • adj. of the score in a contest
  • n. indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
  • n. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  • adj. being on a precise horizontal plane
  • n. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  • n. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  • n. height above ground
  • v. become level or even
  • v. aim at
  • v. talk frankly with; lay it on the line
  • v. direct into a position for use
  • v. tear down so as to make flat with the ground
  • n. an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
  • n. a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
  • adj. having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
  • n. a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

Etymologies

Middle English, an instrument to check that a surface is horizontal, from Old French livel, from Vulgar Latin *lībellum, from Latin lībella, diminutive of lībra, balance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English level, from Old French livel, liveau, later nivel, niveau, from Latin libella ("a balance, a level"), diminutive of libra ("a balance, a level"); see libra, librate. (Wiktionary)

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