noun le·ver \ˈle-vər, ˈlē-\

: 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

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

Illustration of LEVER

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

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

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Rhymes with LEVER



: to lift or move (something) with a lever

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

Full Definition of LEVER

transitive verb
:  to pry, raise, or move with or as if with a lever
:  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>

First Known Use of LEVER


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