level applies to a horizontal surface that lies on a line parallel with the horizon.
the vast prairies are nearly level
flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions.
the work surface must be flat
plane applies to any real or imaginary flat surface in which a straight line between any two points on it lies wholly within that surface.
the plane sides of a crystal
even applies to a surface that is noticeably flat or level or to a line that is observably straight.
trim the hedge so it is even
smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities.
a smooth skating rink
Examples of level in a Sentence
The pictures were hung on the wall at eye level.
The pictures were hung at different levels.
There was a high level of alcohol in his blood.
a normal level of intelligence
Prices have risen to a new level.
She rose to the level of manager.
She has reached a rare level of financial success.
These problems affect people at all levels of society.
Can this problem be dealt with at a national level or must it be addressed at an international level? Verb
They will level the field.
We need to level the garden before we plant anything.
The earthquake leveled the city.
He leveled his opponent with a right hook.
The robber leveled a gun at his head.
Several complaints have been leveled at the store.
Criticism has been leveled against the government for not responding to this crisis. Adjective
We pitched the tent on level ground.
an airplane in level flight
Interest rates have remained level. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
From sleek, retro sneakers to hands-free high tops, these new product launches take the brand’s slip-on shoes to the next level.—Terri Peters, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 In 2022, 158 Palestinians were killed there, in the worst level of violence in two decades.—Alexander Smith, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 As the sun sets earlier and the days get shorter, you’re exposed to less natural light, which can cause your levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that influences mental health) to dip, lowering your mood and energy levels along with it, Dr. Chan says.—Julia Ries, SELF, 3 Nov. 2023 Kraft has seen significant changes in students’ skill levels and confidence.—Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 And there are still some notable premium features missing, including adjustable noise cancellation levels and on-ear detection.—Geoffrey Morrison, wsj.com, 2 Nov. 2023 Those with lower education level and lower socioeconomic groups also had higher rates of untreated elevated cholesterol.—Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2023 The Norwegian central bank maintained its key policy rate at its current level on Thursday, but confirmed an increase is likely later this year.—Joshua Kirby, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2023 The reality star had a .24 blood alcohol level, which is three times the legal limit, law enforcement officials told TMZ.—Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023
Judge Beryl Howell, who will oversee the trial, has already leveled harsh sanctions against the former New York mayor over his failure to comply with discovery requests, awarding Freeman and Moss north of $230,000.—Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 Acres of dense neighborhoods, usually occupied by poor people of color, were leveled to clear the way for monolithic developments and freeways.—Benjamin Schneider, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The neighborhood his mother’s family lived in was levelled.—Rozina Ali, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2023 By the 8th century C.E., however, rising sea levels, earthquakes, and tsunamis had leveled both Canopus and Heracleion, sending the cities into the sea.
5.—Joshua Learn, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Entire neighborhoods had been leveled in Gaza, and the reported death toll was rising by the hundreds every day.—Declan Walsh, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 The Israeli siege and near-constant bombing of Gaza in response to the October 7 murder and kidnap rampage by Hamas has leveled entire neighborhoods, including schools and mosques, and devastated the already insufficient health care system.—Helen Regan, CNN, 23 Oct. 2023 When the cup is full, level it off with the straight side of a knife.—Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2023 On Monday, Israel deployed drones, snipers and dozens of armored vehicles, including two bulldozers that tore up streets and infrastructure near the camp, leveled the iconic arched gate over its entrance and destroyed a sculpture commemorating the 2002 Israeli incursion.—Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023
The retractable foils and electric motor extend out when the C-8 reaches a speed of 16 knots and adjust in real-time to ensure a smooth, perfectly level flight even in choppy waters.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023 Left alone, on a level stretch of pavement, the car can maintain its balance.—IEEE Spectrum, 1 Nov. 2023 There is also a level indicator on the base that turns green when it’s leveled correctly, so you can be assured your baby is secure.—Jessica Booth, Parents, 2 Aug. 2023 Both charges are level four felonies, which carry sentences between two to 12 years.—The Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2023 He was then taken to Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Freeman said, a level II trauma center better equipped to handle the severity of his illness.—Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2023 In October of 1953, the Pentagon invited the press and public to Palmdale in Southern California to see a demonstration of the Air Force’s new F-100 Super Sabre, the first U.S. plane capable of level supersonic flight.—John Kelly, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 And when this was a level ocean floor, the shells of clams and crustaceans and things settled down over the millennia and formed a cemented layer, which is called a hard-pan layer.—Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, 1 May 2023 Everyone has a right to pursue such pleasures, but the playing field is hardly level.—Rhonda Garelick, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, plumb line, from Anglo-French livel, from Vulgar Latin *libellum, alteration of Latin libella, from diminutive of libra weight, balance