Level meaning

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Being on a horizontal plane.

A level field.

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An instrument for determining, or adjusting a surface to, an even horizontal plane: the traditional level has a clear 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.
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(informal) To be frank and open.

Advised the suspect to level with the authorities.

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To make level.
  • To make perfectly horizontal by means of a level.
  • To make flat and even.
  • To equalize in height, rank, quality, etc.
  • To make even in tone, color, pitch, etc.
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Position, elevation, or rank considered as one of the planes in a scale of values.

Levels of income.

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Along a flat or even line or plane.
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Having no part higher than any other; perfectly flat and even; conforming to the surface of still water.
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Conforming to the plane of the horizon; not sloping.
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Being of the same height or being in the same plane; even (with)
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So as to be level; so as to be flat, even, in line, etc.
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Having a flat, smooth surface.

A level countertop.

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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.

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A land area of uniform elevation.
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A horizontal drift or gallery in a mine.
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Any of a series of stages, as in a computer game, each presenting a more difficult challenge over the previous stage.
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The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.

This table isn't quite level; see how this marble rolls off it?

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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.

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(UK) An area of almost perfectly flat land.
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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.

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(surveying) To determine the differences in altitude in (a plot of ground)
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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.

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A natural or proper position, place, or stage.

I finally found my own level in the business world.

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Position along a vertical axis; height or depth.

A platform at knee level.

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Exhibiting no abrupt variations; steady.

Spoke in a level tone.

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Rational and balanced; sensible.

Came to a level appraisal of the situation; keeps a level head in an emergency.

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Filled evenly to the top.

A level tablespoon of the medicine.

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To measure the different elevations of (a tract of land) with a level.
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To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.
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To aim a weapon horizontally.
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A relatively flat and even area of land or other surface; horizontal area.
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The same horizontal plane.

To keep the tops of pictures on a level.

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Usual or normal position with reference to a certain height.

Water seeks its level.

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The degree of concentration, as of a substance in a fluid.
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(physics) The ratio of a quantity's magnitude to an arbitrarily selected magnitude.
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Even with the top of the container; not heaping.

A level teaspoonful.

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Paid or to be paid in equal amounts over a period of time.
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(slang) Honest; straight.
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To knock to the ground; demolish; lay low.

The storm leveled one section of town.

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To aim (a gun, etc.) for firing.
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To aim or direct.
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To aim a gun, etc. (at)
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To bring people or things to an equal rank, condition, etc.
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(informal) To be frank and honest (with someone)
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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.

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Unvaried in frequency.

His pulse has been level for 12 hours.

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He kept a level head under stress.

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In the same position or rank.
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Straightforward; direct; clear.
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Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial.

A level head; a level understanding.

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(phonetics) Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.

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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.

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The sound level is much too high; this hurts my ears. We've reached a new level of success.

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In an Internet post, an indication of the number of previous replies at which a portion of text was written.
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(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.

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(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.

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A floor of a multi-storey building.

Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.

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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.

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To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.

The hurricane leveled the forest.

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(gaming) To progress to the next level.

I levelled after defeating the dragon.

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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.

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(sports, games) To make the score of a game equal.
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(nonstandard, rare) To levy.
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(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.

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To adjust or adapt to a certain level.

To level remarks to the capacity of children.

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A flat, horizontal surface.
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(one's) level best
  • The best one can do in an earnest attempt:
    I did my level best in math class.
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(informal) on the level
  • Without deception; honest.
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find one's level
  • to reach one's (or its) proper or natural place according to one's (or its) qualities, capacity, etc.
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level off
  • to make flat and even
  • to become horizontal, as an airplane in flight
  • to become stable or constant
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one's level best
  • the best one can do
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on the level
  • honest(ly) and fair(ly)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

(one's) level best
find one's level
one's level best

Origin of level

  • Middle 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English level, from Old French livel, liveau, later nivel, niveau, from Latin libella (“a balance, a level”), diminutive of libra (“a balance, a level”); see libra, librate.

    From Wiktionary