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(1)   Having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
"A flat desk"
"Acres of level farmland"
"A plane surface"
"Skirts sewn with fine flat seams"
(2)   Oriented at right angles to the plumb
"The picture is level"
(3)   Being on a precise horizontal plane
"A billiard table must be level"
(4)   Not showing abrupt variations
"Spoke in a level voice"
"She gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss


(5)   A structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
"What level is the office on?"
(6)   A flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
"Park the car on the level"
(7)   Indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
(8)   A position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
"A moderate grade of intelligence"
"A high level of care is required"
"It is all a matter of degree"
(9)   Height above ground
"The water reached ankle level"
"The pictures were at the same level"
(10)   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"
(11)   A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
"A remarkable degree of frankness"
"At what stage are the social sciences?"
(12)   A relative position or degree of value in a graded group
"Lumber of the highest grade"


(13)   Become level or even
"The ground levelled off"
(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)   Make level or straight
"Level the ground"
(18)   Tear down so as to make flat with the ground
"The building was levelled"


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  1. The same height at all places; parallel to the ground.
    This table isn't quite level; see how this marble rolls off it?
  2. 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.
  3. (Frequency) Being unvaried.
    His pulse has been level for 12 hours.
  4. Being sensible.
    He kept a level head under stress.


  1. A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.

  1. Hand me the level so I can tell if this is correctly installed.
  2. 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.
  3. Degree or amount.
    The sound level is much too high; this hurts my ears.
    We've reached a new level of success.
  4. In an Internet post, an indication of the number of previous replies at which a portion of text was written.
  5. 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.
  6. A periodic progression of integer values that quantify a character's experience and power.
    My half-orc barbarian reached fifth level before he was squashed by a troll.
  7. A floor of a multi-storey building.
    Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.
  8. an area of almost perfectly flat land.


  1. To adjust so as to make as flat or perpendicular to the ground of possible.
    You can level the table by turning the pads that screw into the feet.
  2. To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
    The hurricane leveled the forest.
  3. To progress to the next level.
    I levelled after defeating the dragon.
  4. To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
    He levelled an accusation of fraud.
  5. To levy.
    • 2007, Mary Jacoby, EU investigators endorse charges against Intel, Wall Street Journal Europe (17 Jan 07, p. 32, col 5),
      Ultimately, Ms. Kroes [European Union Antitrust Commissioner] could level a fine and order Intel to change its business practices.