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level

noun lev·el \ ˈle-vəl \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of level

1 : a device for establishing a horizontal line or plane by means of a bubble in a liquid that shows adjustment to the horizontal by movement to the center of a slightly bowed glass tube
2 : a measurement of the difference of altitude of two points by means of a level
3 : horizontal condition; especially : equilibrium of a fluid marked by a horizontal surface of even altitude
  • water seeks its own level
4 a : an approximately horizontal line or surface taken as an index of altitude
  • Charts were arranged at eye level.
b : a practically horizontal surface or area (as of land)
  • the level of the plateau
5 : a position in a scale or rank (as of achievement, significance, or value)
  • funded at the national level
  • the job appeals to me on many levels
6 a : a line or surface that cuts perpendicularly all plumb lines that it meets and hence would everywhere coincide with a surface of still water
b : the plane of the horizon or a line in it
7 : a horizontal passage in a mine intended for regular working and transportation
8 : a concentration of a constituent especially of a body fluid (such as blood)
  • a normal blood-sugar level
9 : the magnitude of a quantity considered in relation to an arbitrary reference value; broadly : magnitude, intensity
  • a high level of hostility
on the level

Examples of level in a Sentence

  1. The pictures were hung on the wall at eye level.

  2. The pictures were hung at different levels.

  3. There was a high level of alcohol in his blood.

  4. a normal level of intelligence

  5. Prices have risen to a new level.

  6. She rose to the level of manager.

  7. She has reached a rare level of financial success.

  8. These problems affect people at all levels of society.

  9. Can this problem be dealt with at a national level or must it be addressed at an international level?

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Origin and Etymology of level

Middle English, plumb line, from Anglo-French livel, from Vulgar Latin *libellum, alteration of Latin libella, from diminutive of libra weight, balance

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level

verb

Definition of level

leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling play \ˈle-və-liŋ, ˈlev-liŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to make (a line or surface) horizontal : make flat or level
  • level a field
  • level off a house lot
2 a : to bring to a horizontal aiming position
b : aim, direct
  • leveled a charge of fraud
3 : to bring to a common level or plane : equalize
  • love levels all ranks
  • —W. S. Gilbert
4 a : to lay level with or as if with the ground : raze
b : to knock down
  • leveled him with one punch
5 : to make (something, such as color) even or uniform
6 : to find the heights of different points in (a piece of land) especially with a surveyor's level
intransitive verb
1 : to attain or come to a level
  • the plane leveled off at 10,000 feet
2 : to aim a gun or other weapon horizontally
3 : to bring persons or things to a level
4 : to deal frankly and openly

Examples of level in a Sentence

  1. They will level the field.

  2. We need to level the garden before we plant anything.

  3. The earthquake leveled the city.

  4. He leveled his opponent with a right hook.

  5. The robber leveled a gun at his head.

  6. Several complaints have been leveled at the store.

  7. Criticism has been leveled against the government for not responding to this crisis.

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Origin and Etymology of level

see 1level


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level

adjective

Definition of level

1 a : having no part higher than another : conforming to the curvature of the liquid parts of the earth's surface
b : parallel with the plane of the horizon : horizontal
2 a : even or unvarying in height
b : equal in advantage, progression, or standing
c : proceeding monotonously or uneventfully
d (1) : steady, unwavering
  • gave him a level look
(2) : calm, unexcited
  • spoke in level tones
3 : reasonable, balanced
  • arrive at a justly proportional and level judgment on this affair
  • —Sir Winston Churchill
4 : distributed evenly
  • level stress
5 : being a surface perpendicular to all lines of force in a field of force : equipotential
6 : suited to a particular rank or plane of ability or achievement
  • top-level thinking
7 : of or relating to the spreading out of a cost or charge in even payments over a period of time

levelly

play \ˈle-və(l)-lē\ adverb

levelness

play \ˈle-vəl-nəs\ noun
level best
: very best

Examples of level in a Sentence

  1. We pitched the tent on level ground.

  2. an airplane in level flight

  3. Interest rates have remained level.

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First Known Use of level

15th century

Synonym Discussion of level

level, flat, plane, even, smooth mean having a surface without bends, curves, or irregularities. 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

LEVEL Defined for English Language Learners

level

noun

Definition of level for English Language Learners

  • : a specific height

  • : a part of a building that is at a specific height

  • : an amount of something


level

verb

Definition of level for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) flat or level

  • : to knock (someone or something) down to the ground

  • : to point (a weapon) at someone


level

adjective

Definition of level for English Language Learners

  • : having a flat or even surface

  • : not going up or down

  • : having the same height as something else


LEVEL Defined for Kids

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level

noun lev·el \ ˈle-vəl \

Definition of level for Students

1 : a horizontal line or surface usually at a named height
  • Hold it at eye level.
2 : a step or stage in height, position, or rank
  • She rose to the level of manager.
3 : a device used (as by a carpenter) to find a horizontal line or surface

Headscratcher for level

The word level is spelled the same forwards and backwards.


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level

verb

Definition of level for Students

leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling
: to make or become horizontal, flat, or even

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level

adjective

Definition of level for Students

1 : having a flat even surface Find a level place to set up the tent.
2 : 1horizontal
  • … the bridge, instead of rising, went across just level
  • —Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
3 : of the same height or rank : even
4 : steady and cool in judgment
  • The rescuers kept level heads.

Synonym Discussion of level

level, flat, and even mean having a surface without bends, curves, or interruptions. level is used especially for a surface or a line that does not slant up or down.
    • We traveled a level road between two hills.
flat is used for a surface that is free from curves or bumps or hollows whether or not it is parallel to the ground.
    • I need a flat work surface.
even is used when there is a lack of breaks or bumps in a line or surface.
    • Dad trimmed the hedge to make it even.

Medical Dictionary

level

noun lev·el \ ˈlev-əl \

medical Definition of level

1 : a characteristic and fairly uniform concentration of a constituent of the blood or other body fluid
  • a normal blood-sugar level
2 a : a degree of ability or aptitude or measure of performance
b : a grade of mental and emotional development or maturity
  • evidence as to levels of personality development (e.g., anal, oral)
  • —G. P. Murdock


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