Dallisa's poison-berry-eyes regarded me levelly as I struggled upright, fighting off the dizzy sickness of disgust.
Prigs do not stand upon their heads, but levelly and beautifully upon their feet.
"Keep your hands off o' them jewels," said the voice, levelly.
There were tears in her great black eyes as she looked at him levelly.
"The order was meant for every one, Miss Clinton," he said levelly.
She had turned her face slowly to his and was looking him levelly in the eyes.
"That's the second time you've made a crack like that," said Paresi levelly.
He saw that the eyes which held his levelly were pure and limpid, and of an astonishing orchid-blue.
Sue saw that a rocky rise in the floor directly in front of the disintegrators had been planed off levelly.
He looked at her levelly as he lifted his hat in acknowledgment of her husband's salutation.
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