- Also called surveyor's level.an instrument for observing levels, having a sighting device, usually telescopic, and capable of being made precisely horizontal.
- an observation made with this instrument.
- spirit level.
verb (used with object), lev·eled, lev·el·ing or (especially British) lev·elled, lev·el·ling.
verb (used without object), lev·eled, lev·el·ing or (especially British) lev·elled, lev·el·ling.
- to take a level.
- to use a leveling instrument.
- Aeronautics.to maintain a constant altitude after a climb or descent.
- to become stable; reach a constant or limit.
- to make even or smooth.
Origin of level
Synonyms for level
Antonyms for level
Related Words for levelheight, status, degree, grade, standard, achievement, stage, flatten, equalize, devastate, wreck, ruin, drop, fell, bulldoze, raze, trim, constant, flush, polished
Examples from the Web for level
Contemporary Examples of level
“The level of outside support… has not been sufficient enough for them to distance themselves from al Nusra,” Cafarella said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
Occasionally, a level will take 20 or more strokes to complete.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
There is, in fact, a distinction in the level of protection.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
It was a personal thing she was working towards, and I felt very invested as well seeing her level of commitment.Angelina Jolie’s New Muse: The Rise of Jack O’Connell, Star of the WWII Epic ‘Unbroken’
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of level
Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They understand it, up to the level of their own stature; they know who loves them, but not who loves virtue.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I'd level straightway with the dust, and with it sink our shame.
We can turn rivers in their courses, level mountains to the plains.
I think now it was because it seemed to bring you down nearer to my level.Weighed and Wanting
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for level
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with level
- level best
- level off
- level with someone
- do one's (level) best
- on the level