Definitions of level

  1. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; " a moderate degree of intelligence"; " a high level of care is required"; " it is all a matter of degree"
  2. tear down so as to make flat with the ground; " The building was levelled"
  3. make level or straight; " level the ground"
  4. structure consisting of a room or set of rooms comprising a single level of a multilevel building; " what level is the office on?"
  5. a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; " lumber of the highest grade"
  6. a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line; " park the car on the level"
  7. an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; " a good actor communicates on several levels"; " a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; " the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"
  8. indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
  9. height above ground; " the water reached ankle level"; " the pictures were at the same level"
  10. having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; " a flat desk"; " acres of level farmland"; " a plane surface"
  11. being on a precise horizontal plane; " a billiard table must be level"
  12. become level or even; " The ground levelled off"
  13. not showing abrupt variations; " spoke in a level voice"; " she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss
  14. talk frankly with; lay it on the line; " I have to level with you"
  15. direct into a position for use; " point a gun"; " He charged his weapon at me"
  16. aim at; " level criticism or charges at somebody"
  17. of the score in a contest; " the score is tied"
  18. oriented at right angles to the plumb; " the picture is level"
  19. A line or surface to which, at every point, a vertical or plumb line is perpendicular; a line or surface which is everywhere parallel to the surface of still water; -- this is the true level, and is a curve or surface in which all points are equally distant from the center of the earth, or rather would be so if the earth were an exact sphere.
  20. An approximately horizontal line or surface at a certain degree of altitude, or distance from the center of the earth; as, to climb from the level of the coast to the level of the plateau and then descend to the level of the valley or of the sea.
  21. Hence, figuratively, a certain position, rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in one of several planes of different elevation.
  22. A uniform or average height; a normal plane or altitude; a condition conformable to natural law or which will secure a level surface; as, moving fluids seek a level.
  23. An instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust something with reference to a horizontal line.
  24. A measurement of the difference of altitude of two points, by means of a level; as, to take a level.
  25. A horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a mine.
  26. Even; flat; having no part higher than another; having, or conforming to, the curvature which belongs to the undisturbed liquid parts of the earth's surface; as, a level field; level ground; the level surface of a pond or lake.
  27. Straightforward; direct; clear; open.
  28. Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial; as, a level head; a level understanding. [ Colloq.]
  29. Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.
  30. To make level; to make horizontal; to bring to the condition of a level line or surface; hence, to make flat or even; as, to level a road, a walk, or a garden.
  31. To bring to a lower level; to overthrow; to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower.
  32. To bring to a horizontal position, as a gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct.
  33. Figuratively, to bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.; as, to level all the ranks and conditions of men.
  34. To adjust or adapt to a certain level; as, to level remarks to the capacity of children.
  35. To be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with, something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit.
  36. To aim a gun, spear, etc., horizontally; hence, to aim or point a weapon in direct line with the mark; fig., to direct the eye, mind, or effort, directly to an object.
  37. A horizontal line or plane; that is, a straight line or a plane which is tangent to a true level at a given point and hence parallel to the horizon at that point; - this is the apparent level at the given point.
  38. Even with anything else; of the same height; on the same line or plane; on the same footing; of equal importance; - followed by with, sometimes by to.
  39. A horizontal surface or line; surface without inequalities; equality of height; as, this position is on a level with that; position reckoned in terms of height; as, at this level the air is rare; an instrument used in surveying.
  40. Even; horizontal; smooth; steady; equal to something else in importance.
  41. In a horizontal direction.
  42. To make even; free from inequalities; bring to the same plane; point in taking aim.
  43. Leveler, levelness.
  44. Leveled.
  45. Leveling.
  46. A horizontal line or surface: a surface without inequalities: proper position: usual elevation: state of equality: the line of direction: an instrument for showing the horizontal.
  47. Horizontal: even, smooth: even with anything else: in the same line or plane: equal in position or dignity.
  48. To make horizontal: to make flat or smooth: to make equal" to take aim:- pr. p. levelling; pa. pt. and pa. p. levelled.
  49. Horizontal line or surface, even surface, equality, instrument showing a horizontal plane.
  50. Horizontal, even, equal in elevation.
  51. To make level, to aim.
  52. To make level; aim; point.
  53. Having a flat, even surface; horizontal.
  54. A horizontal line, surface, plane, or position; an instrument for ascertaining a horizontal line.
  55. In a level line; direct; straight; steadily.
  56. Levelness.
  57. Leveler, leveller.
  58. Leveling, leveilling.
  59. Horizontal; even; flat; even with anything else of the same height; on the same line or plane; equal in rank or degree.
  60. A horizontal line or plane; a surface without inequalities; usual elevation; a state of equality; the line of direction; an instrument by which to find the horizontal.
  61. To make horizontal; to make even; to make flat or smooth; to make equal; to aim.
  62. To aim at; to be aimed.
  63. Even; flat; in the same line; horizontal; equal in rank or degree.
  64. A plane surface; a plain; state of equality; the usual height or elevation; a carpenter's or mason's instr.
  65. To make even; to lay flat; to bring to an equality; to point in taking aim; to aim, as a gun; to direct to an end; to aim at.

Usage examples for level

  1. " I am much obliged to you for coming," he began in a level, almost business- like tone, but without looking up. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. He was for some minutes searching for it, and then he found it- it had rolled into the hollow of a large letter on one of the level grave- stones. – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  3. She let a smile grow, let her glance become as level and as straight as his own. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  4. We were quite surprised to find that in this case our defectives were at the level normal for eleven years. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  5. He reached the level, and entered the town. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  6. He ain't on the level. – Pardners by Rex Beach
  7. He lifted level, dark eyebrows, smiling faintly. – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  8. But when he does finally find his level, it will not be a very low one. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  9. " There's a likely spot, a safe distance away and apparently level, almost on the shore. – The Terror from the Depths by Sewell Peaslee Wright
  10. Why can't we have pick- up games, so as to get level sides. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  11. Ala, my dog Boko, do not catch deer unless it is in a level field." – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  12. Here he found himself a good deal below the level of the car. – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  13. But how do you get it up to this level? – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  14. The little prophet's head as he stood, did not reach the level of the draper's as he sat, but at this Drew dropped his head on his hands upon the table, as if bowed down by a weight of thought and feeling and worship. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  15. " Yes," she said in a level voice, " I shall grow old here, and here I shall be buried." – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  16. They looked into each other's eyes, which were almost on a level, so tall was she. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  17. This is the only thing about Gerrmany that's on the level, hey?" – Tom Slade with the Boys Over There by Percy K. Fitzhugh