- 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 leveledheight, status, degree, grade, standard, achievement, stage, flatten, equalize, devastate, wreck, ruin, drop, fell, bulldoze, raze, trim, constant, flush, polished
Examples from the Web for leveled
Contemporary Examples of leveled
He called for the homes of their families to be leveled “to the ground” and their relatives to be exiled from Chechnya.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists
December 14, 2014
Many historians have leveled criticism at the Code, arguing that it was too conservative and supportive of the bourgeois.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
But, the presenter points out that their wind power development has leveled out for the last year.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Net neutrality has leveled the playing field, making it possible for mom-and-pop sites to compete with large corporations.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality
September 13, 2014
Their houses had been leveled by bombs and missiles launched from the American-built F16s in the Israeli air force.Gazans Turn Their Rage on the Arab Leaders Who Watched Them Die
August 7, 2014
Historical Examples of leveled
The bottom of the gorge was leveled off with infinite labor.Slaves of Mercury
With a yelp of triumph he rose to his knees and leveled the weapon.
She leveled these at the distant house and continued her watch.The Law-Breakers
When the sun came out of the east they leveled off at ninety thousand feet.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
His gun was leveled straight at the other, who had been caught momentarily off his guard.The Coyote
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for level
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.
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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with level
- level best
- level off
- level with someone
- do one's (level) best
- on the level