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lever

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noun le·ver \ˈle-vər, ˈlē-\

Simple Definition of lever

  • : a strong bar that is used to lift and move something heavy

  • : a bar or rod that is used to operate or adjust something on a machine, vehicle, device, etc.

  • : something used to achieve a desired result

Full Definition of lever

  1. 1 a :  a bar used for prying or dislodging something b :  an inducing or compelling force :  tool <use food as a political leverTime>

  2. 2 a :  a rigid piece that transmits and modifies force or motion when forces are applied at two points and it turns about a third; specifically :  a rigid bar used to exert a pressure or sustain a weight at one point of its length by the application of a force at a second and turning at a third on a fulcrum b :  a projecting piece by which a mechanism is operated or adjusted

Examples of lever

  1. They used their money as a lever to gain political power.



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Origin of lever

Middle English, from Anglo-French levier, lever, from lever to raise, from Latin levare, from levis light in weight — more at light


First Known Use: 14th century

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lever

verb le·ver

Simple Definition of lever

  • : to lift or move (something) with a lever

Full Definition of lever

le·veredle·ver·ing play \ˈle-və-riŋ, ˈlē-; ˈlev-riŋ, ˈlēv-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pry, raise, or move with or as if with a lever

  3. 2 :  to operate (a device) in the manner of a lever

Examples of lever

  1. He levered the rock out of the hole.

  2. <the workers used crowbars to lever the heavy stone block into its new position>



1876

First Known Use of lever

1876



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