The leading indicators have leveled off; unemployment remains stubbornly high; and confidence is waning.
They want help—they are desperate for help—but they also want to be leveled with.
He thinks it will be better if the standard of living between countries were leveled.
A lot of things that are often criticisms that are leveled today at exhibitions, you can find there.
Net neutrality has leveled the playing field, making it possible for mom-and-pop sites to compete with large corporations.
With his right hand Maurice sought his revolver, cocked and leveled it.
Ferguson's eyes narrowed and he leveled a forefinger at his patient.
At about two rods distance, Myers leveled his rifle, took deliberate aim, and fired.
"Horace would never do that when he could get a box," and she leveled her glass at him.
A man with a megaphone appeared on her poop deck 93 and leveled the instrument at the little group by the wheel.
mid-14c., "tool to indicate a horizontal line," from Old French livel "a level" (13c.), ultimately from Latin libella "a balance, level," diminutive of libra "balance, scale, unit of weight," from PIE *lithra. Cognate Spanish nivel, Modern French niveau are from the same source but altered by dissimilation. Meaning "horizontality" is from c.1400. Meaning "position as marked by a horizontal line" is from 1530s. Phrase on the level "fair, honest" is from 1872; earlier it meant "moderate, without great ambition" (1790).
early 15c., from level (n.). To do one's level best is from 1851.
mid-15c., "to make level," from level (n.). From c.1600 as "to bring to a level;" 1958 as "to cease increasing." Meaning "to aim a gun" is late 15c. Slang sense of "tell the truth" is from 1920. To level up "to rise" is attested by 1863.
A word here as to the misconception labored under by our English neighbor; he evidently does not understand the American manner of doing things. We never level down in this country; we are always at work on the up grade. "Level up! Level up!" is the motto of the American people. [James E. Garretson, "Professional Education," in "The Dental Cosmos," Philadelphia, 1865]To level off "cease rising or falling" is from 1920, originally in aviation.
level lev·el (lěv'əl)
Relative position or rank on a graded scale, such as mental or emotional development.
A relative degree, as of intensity or concentration.
True: There's never a place for guys like me. That's level
To tell the truth; be honest and candid: Don't laugh. I'm leveling/It's on this level that they tell you that they are ''leveling'' with you (1920+)
on the level