- 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.
- levari facias,
- level best,
- level compensator,
- level crossing,
- level descriptor,
- level line
Origin of level
Examples from the Web for level
“The level of outside support… has not been sufficient enough for them to distance themselves from al Nusra,” Cafarella said.
Occasionally, a level will take 20 or more strokes to complete.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.
There is, in fact, a distinction in the level of protection.
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’|Marlow Stern|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then I was conducted to the boilers, a row of ten, sunk underground in the solid rock, below the level of the shrubbery.A Month in Yorkshire|Walter White
In a few moments the submarine had climbed back to the level of the tunnel.
There the precise punctures of a rabbit track dotted the level snow of the woods.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
To pass swiftly along over the level yellow road that they had traversed on foot in the morning was very delightful.Jack the Young Canoeman|George Bird Grinnell
Hence to go and return over the same mile, whether on the level or on the hill-side, takes ½ an hour.A Tangled Tale|Lewis Carroll
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