"Immensely considerate of you to come," puffed Sir Tobias, levering himself out of his chair in order that he might shake hands.
Other eyes turned that way as the servant announced 'Miss levering.'
Before the words were out of Miss levering's mouth he had tumbled out of bed and leapt into her lap.
But you really mean it—that nobody has introduced you to Miss levering yet?
Ernestine stooped and opened the portfolio on Miss levering's lap.
He's safe to sit there and talk to Miss levering till the dressing-bell rings.'
Miss levering looked at her, and set down the half-finished cup without opening her lips.
But if Miss levering's idea had been to change the conversation, she was disappointed.
Miss levering took out her watch, and then spoke of the wisdom of that plan of sandals.
Slightly self-conscious, he replied, 'About Miss levering being too—a——'
c.1300, from Old French levier (Modern French leveur) "a lifter, a lever," agent noun from lever "to raise," from Latin levare "to raise," from levis "light" in weight, from PIE root *legwh- "light, having little weight; easy, agile, nimble" (cf. Sanskrit laghuh "quick, small;" Greek elakhys "small," elaphros "light;" Old Church Slavonic liguku, Lithuanian lengvas "light;" Old Irish laigiu "smaller, worse;" Gothic leihts, Old English leoht "light" (adj.)). As a verb, 1856, from the noun.
A simple machine consisting of a bar that pivots on a fixed support, or fulcrum, and is used to transmit torque. A force applied by pushing down on one end of the lever results in a force pushing up at the other end. If the fulcrum is not positioned in the middle of the lever, then the force applied to one end will not yield the same force on the other, since the torque must be the same on either side of the fulcrum. Levers, like gears, can thus be used to increase the force available from a mechanical power source. See more at fulcrum, See also mechanical advantage.