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true level

an imaginary surface everywhere perpendicular to the plumb line, or line of gravity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And thus it long remained, as if to attest the true level of Holbein's genius.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Nothing like a public cant for making matters find their true level.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • He was reduced to his true level by being stripped of his royal robes, and by being whipped, a specially servile punishment.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Australia is certainly a good place to bring people to their true level.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • But the most pleasing novelty is, its so quietly subsiding over such an extent of surface to its true level again.

  • Under pressure it is difficult to ascertain such things; one's true level may be higher or lower.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • To reduce this philosopher to his true level, we ask, what did he say or do that showed a sympathy with all mankind?

  • Through all the closing scenes of the second he is raised to his own true level by his love for the queen.

  • It is in London where a man finds his true level in the book world, as Johnson shrewdly observed.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • It is buried by a mass of rubbish, that here, as elsewhere, has raised the true level of the soil.

British Dictionary definitions for true level

true level

a hypothetical surface that is perpendicular at every point to the plumb line, such as the mean sea level or geoid: a still liquid surface is at true level
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