level-off

[ lev-uh l-awf, -of ]
/ ˈlɛv əlˈɔf, -ˈɒf /

noun Aeronautics.

the maneuver of bringing an aircraft into a horizontal flying position after an ascent or descent.

Origin of level-off

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase level off

Definition for level off (2 of 2)

Origin of level

1300–50; Middle English (noun and v.), variant of livel (noun) < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *lībellum, for Latin lībella plummet line, level, diminutive of lībra balance, scales; for formation, see castellum

SYNONYMS FOR level

1, 2 flush. Level, even, flat, smooth suggest a uniform surface without marked unevenness. That which is level is parallel to the horizon: a level surface; A billiard table must be level. Flat is applied to any plane surface free from marked irregularities: a flat roof. With reference to land or country, flat connotes lowness or unattractiveness; level does not suggest anything derogatory. That which is even is free from irregularities, though not necessarily level or plane: an even land surface with no hills. Smooth suggests a high degree of evenness in any surface, especially to the touch and sometimes to the sight: as smooth as silk.
19 smooth, flatten.
21 raze, demolish, destroy.
23 equalize.
26 direct.

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British Dictionary definitions for level off

level

/ (ˈlɛvəl) /

adjective

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

noun

Derived Forms

levelly, adverblevelness, noun

Word Origin for level

C14: from Old French livel, from Vulgar Latin lībellum (unattested), from Latin lībella, diminutive of lībra scales
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Medicine definitions for level off

level

[ lĕvəl ]

n.

Relative position or rank on a graded scale, such as mental or emotional development.
A relative degree, as of intensity or concentration.
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Idioms and Phrases with level off (1 of 2)

level off


Move toward stability or consistency, as in Prices have leveled off. This idiom transfers a physical flattening to a figurative one. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with level off (2 of 2)

level


In addition to the idioms beginning with level

  • level best
  • level off
  • level with someone

also see:

  • do one's (level) best
  • on the level
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