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noun Surveying.

a device for determining true horizontal or vertical directions by the centering of a bubble in a slightly curved glass tube or tubes filled with alcohol or ether.

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Also called level.

Origin of spirit level

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for spirit level

spirit level

noun

a device for setting horizontal surfaces, consisting of an accurate block of material in which a sealed slightly curved tube partially filled with liquid is set so that the air bubble rests between two marks on the tube when the block is horizontal
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