- 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.
Origin of spirit level
First recorded in 1760–70
Also called level.
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Examples from the Web for spirit level
Another term for spirit-level, used for astronomical instruments.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
A few trials with a spirit-level will cure any man of his conceit on this subject.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
There is a sort of spirit-level in the ear, giving us our sense of balance.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
The line should, however, be set true as indicated by a spirit-level.
Then carefully level the surface by means of a spirit-level.
- 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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