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
Participants must have an household income of no more than 185% of the federal poverty level.—My Ly, arkansasonline.com, 27 Nov. 2023 Our guys played at a high level for most of the game.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Some of the highest increases are in the Midwestern region covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, where trends are nearing levels not seen since early January.—Alexander Tin, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 In recent years, the Anti-Defamation League has said anti-Jewish sentiment has hit levels unseen since after the Great Depression, a time when Jewish studio moguls had difficulty securing bank loans as many lenders would not work with Jews.—Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 But four days after Hilary and through mid-September, levels gradually increased, reaching as high as 2,000 on Sept. 5.—Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 And at the world premiere of Beyoncé’s Renaissance film in Beverly Hills, Kelly Rowland took a silver sequin dress to the next level by sporting Jean Paul Gaultier by Julien Dossena’s conical bra version.—Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2023 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
The tolerance level for mediocrity or worse is minuscule among franchises chasing rings.—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 The start of the pause brought the first quiet for 2.3 million Palestinians reeling from relentless Israeli bombardment that has killed thousands, driven three-quarters of the population from their homes, and leveled residential areas.—Najib Jobain and Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Nov. 2023 The base of the Mesa also has a leveling indicator that turns green when it’s installed correctly.—Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 24 Nov. 2023 In the city of Deir al-Balah, a funeral was held for 28 people killed in an overnight bomb that leveled several buildings.—Wafaa Shurafa, arkansasonline.com, 17 Nov. 2023 Late in the second quarter on a night that slowly chilled at the Rose Bowl, Colorado safety Shilo Sanders appeared to apply a textbook tackle that leveled UCLA’s Carsen Ryan.—Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 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
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