- 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 levellingheight, status, degree, grade, standard, achievement, stage, flatten, equalize, devastate, wreck, ruin, drop, fell, bulldoze, raze, trim, constant, flush, polished
Examples from the Web for levelling
Historical Examples of levelling
"Always like to be on time at a party," said the rough rider, levelling his carbine.Rita
Laura E. Richards
It was all down, down, down, gradually—ruin and levelling and disappearance.The Wind in the Willows
All levelling and preparation must have been done the previous season.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study
Ontario Ministry of Education
The officer, without saying a word, had drawn a pistol, and was levelling it at his head.The White Chief
The boys saw what had happened, and both, levelling their pieces, fired.In the Wilds of Africa
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