- The definition of level is having a flat surface that is horizontal and straight, being at the same height as something else, remaining unchanging/steady, or having the same position as something else.
- An example of level is smooth pavement in an area with no hills.
- An example of level is a large flat field.
- An example of level is bending down to get to a child's height so you can be at the same eye level.
- An example of level is a price that doesn't go up or down.
- An example of level is a car that is at the same height as your car.
- Level is defined as an accepted standard, or is a specific height or distance from a designated base.
- An example of level is reading level, which is an accepted standard at which children should be able to read based on how old they are.
- An example of level is sea level, which is the starting elevation from which other land measurements are based.
- To level means to create a flat surface, to be honest and tell the truth to someone, or to direct criticism at someone.
- An example of level is when you smooth wet concrete so it will lie flat.
- An example of level is when you give someone the bad news truthfully.
- An example of level is when you give criticism to someone and tell him he is a poor worker.
A level road in the prairie.
- an instrument for determining, or adjusting a surface to, an even horizontal plane: it has a glass tube partly filled with liquid so as to leave an air bubble that moves to the exact center of the tube when the instrument is on an even horizontal plane; often there is another such tube which indicates when the instrument is perpendicular to the horizontal
- surveyor's level
- a measuring of differences in elevation with this instrument
- a horizontal plane or line; esp., such a plane taken as a basis for the measurement of elevation: sea level
- the height, or altitude, of such a plane
- a relatively flat and even area of land or other surface; horizontal area
- the same horizontal plane: to keep the tops of pictures on a level
- usual or normal position with reference to a certain height: water seeks its level
- position, elevation, or rank considered as one of the planes in a scale of values: levels of income
- a horizontal drift or gallery in a mine
- the degree of concentration of a substance in a fluid
- Physics the ratio of a quantity's magnitude to an arbitrarily selected magnitude
Origin of levelOld French livel ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form libellus ; from Classical Latin libella, diminutive of libra, a balance, level, weight
- having no part higher than any other; perfectly flat and even; conforming to the surface of still water
- conforming to the plane of the horizon; not sloping
- being of the same height or being in the same plane; even (with)
- even with the top of the container; not heaping: a level teaspoonful
- equal in importance, rank, degree, etc.
- conforming to a specified level or rank: high-level talks
- equally advanced in development
- even or uniform in tone, color, pitch, volume, rate, etc.
- not having or showing sudden differences or inequalities; well-balanced; equable
- not excited or disturbed; calm or steady
- paid or to be paid in equal amounts over a period of time
- ☆ Slang honest; straight
transitive verbleveled or levelled, leveling or levelling
- to make level; specif.,
- to make perfectly horizontal by means of a level
- to make flat and even
- to equalize in height, rank, quality, etc.: often with down or up
- to make even in tone, color, pitch, etc.
- to knock to the ground; demolish; lay low: the storm leveled the tree
- to aim (a gun, etc.) for firing
- to aim or direct
- Surveying to determine the differences in altitude in (a plot of ground)
- to aim a gun, etc. (at)
- to bring people or things to an equal rank, condition, etc.: usually with down or up
- ☆ Slang to be frank and honest (with someone)
find one's levelor find its level
- to make flat and even
- to become horizontal, as an airplane in flightalso level out
- to become stable or constant
one's level best
on the level☆
- a. Relative position or rank on a scale: the local level of government; studying at the graduate level.b. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration: an unsafe level of toxicity; a high level of frustration.
- A natural or proper position, place, or stage: I finally found my own level in the business world.
- Position along a vertical axis; height or depth: a platform at knee level.
- a. A horizontal line or plane at right angles to the plumb.b. The position or height of such a line or plane.
- A flat, horizontal surface.
- A land area of uniform elevation.
- a. An instrument for ascertaining whether a surface is horizontal, vertical, or at a 45° angle, consisting essentially of an encased, liquid-filled tube containing an air bubble that moves to a center window when the instrument is set on an even plane. Also called spirit level.b. Such a device combined with a telescope and used in surveying.c. A computation of the difference in elevation between two points by using such a device.
- Having a flat, smooth surface: a level countertop.
- Being on a horizontal plane: a level field.
- a. Being at the same height or position as another; even.b. Being at the same degree of rank, standing, or advantage as another; equal.c. Being or relating to a specified rank or standing. Often used in combination: a lower-level administrator.
- Exhibiting no abrupt variations; steady: spoke in a level tone.
- Rational and balanced; sensible: came to a level appraisal of the situation; keeps a level head in an emergency.
- Filled evenly to the top: a level tablespoon of the medicine.
verblev·eled, lev·el·ing, lev·els or lev·elled or lev·el·ling
- a. To make horizontal, flat, or even: leveled the driveway with a roller; leveled off the hedges with the clippers.b. To place on the same rank; equalize.
- a. To tear down (a building, for example); raze.b. To knock down, as with a blow; lay low: leveled the opponent with an uppercut.
- a. To aim along a horizontal plane: leveled the gun at the target.b. To direct emphatically or forcefully toward someone: leveled charges of dishonesty. See Synonyms at aim.
- To measure the different elevations of (a tract of land) with a level.
- To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.
- To aim a weapon horizontally.
- Informal To be frank and open: advised the suspect to level with the authorities.
Origin of levelMiddle English, an instrument to check that a surface is horizontal, from Old French livel, from Vulgar Latin *lībellum, from Latin lībella, diminutive of lībra, balance.
(comparative leveler, superlative levelest)
- The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.
- This table isn't quite level; see how this marble rolls off it?
- At the same height as some reference; constructed as level with.
- We tried to hang the pictures so that the bottom of the frames were level with the dark line in the wallpaper.
- Unvaried in frequency.
- His pulse has been level for 12 hours.
- He kept a level head under stress.
- In the same position or rank.
- Straightforward; direct; clear.
- Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial.
- a level head; a level understanding
- (phonetics) Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.
- A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.
- Hand me the level so I can tell if this is correctly installed.
- A distance relative to a given reference elevation.
- By the end of the day, we'd dug down to the level of the old basement floor.
- Degree or amount.
- The sound level is much too high; this hurts my ears. We've reached a new level of success.
- In an Internet post, an indication of the number of previous replies at which a portion of text was written.
- (gaming) One of several discrete segments of a game generally increasing in difficulty. Often numbered. Often, each level occupies different physical space (levels don't require any direct physical relationship to each other, e.g. vertically stacked, horizontally chained, etc).
- It took me weeks to get to level seven. Watch out for the next level; the bad guys there are really overpowered.
- (gaming) A numeric value that quantifies a character's experience and power.
- My half-orc barbarian reached fifth level before he was squashed by a troll.
- A floor of a multi-storey building.
- Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.
- (UK) an area of almost perfectly flat land.
(third-person singular simple present levels, present participle leveling or levelling, simple past and past participle leveled or levelled)
- To adjust so as to make as flat or perpendicular to the ground as possible.
- You can level the table by turning the pads that screw into the feet.
- To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
- The hurricane leveled the forest.
- (gaming) To progress to the next level.
- I levelled after defeating the dragon.
- To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
- He levelled an accusation of fraud at the directors.
- The hunter levels the gun before taking a shot.
- (sports, games) To make the score of a game equal.
- (nonstandard, rare) To levy.
- (figuratively) To bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.
- to level all the ranks and conditions of men
- To adjust or adapt to a certain level.
- to level remarks to the capacity of children