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spirit level

noun, Surveying.
1.
a device for determining true horizontal or vertical directions by the centering of a bubble in a slightly curved glass tube or tubes filled with alcohol or ether.
Also called level.
Origin of spirit level
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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spirit level

noun
1.
a device for setting horizontal surfaces, consisting of an accurate block of material in which a sealed slightly curved tube partially filled with liquid is set so that the air bubble rests between two marks on the tube when the block is horizontal
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