verb (used with or without object)
- levelling screw,
- leven, loch,
- lever action,
- lever escapement,
- lever tumbler,
- lever, charles james,
Origin of lever
Examples from the Web for lever
That is, TFA is neither a lever for dramatically improving or ruining U.S. public education.
A campaign button on his lapel showed him in a smile and a suit, and advertised his name and lever.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Walker is betting that when the time comes to vote, Republicans will pull the lever for a person who gets things done.Scott Walker Is the Perfect Republican Candidate for 2016 (on Paper)|David Freedlander|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The British were bombed, but we are fighting on some islands belonging to the Lever Company, a British concern making soap.
People who play slot machines are excited because they never know when pulling the lever will result in a jackpot.Porn Boycott: Pastor Jay Dennis Wants You to Join 1 Million Men|Winston Ross|July 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The lever escapement is the only one known to have been used, but two varieties of this are found (see fig. 11).The Auburndale Watch Company|Edwin A. Battison
As he clung to the lever he watched the first truck come to grief in an instant.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
It is plain that a gear, like a lever, may change direction as well as increase or decrease power.Practical Mechanics for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
He has seen so much done by energy and money that he probably thought the one as legitimate a lever into Parliament as the other.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. II (of IV),--1857-1874|Charles L. Graves
McClintock, on one knee, was working the lever of his rifle like a saw.The Land of Strong Men|Arthur M. Chisholm
Word Origin for lever
c.1300, from Old French levier (Modern French leveur) "a lifter, a lever," agent noun from lever "to raise," from Latin levare "to raise," from levis "light" in weight, from PIE root *legwh- "light, having little weight; easy, agile, nimble" (cf. Sanskrit laghuh "quick, small;" Greek elakhys "small," elaphros "light;" Old Church Slavonic liguku, Lithuanian lengvas "light;" Old Irish laigiu "smaller, worse;" Gothic leihts, Old English leoht "light" (adj.)). As a verb, 1856, from the noun.