Definitions for levelˈlɛv əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lev•elˈlɛv əl(adj.; n.; v.)-eled, -el•ing; -elled, -el•ling.

  1. (adj.)having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.

  2. being in a plane parallel to the plane of the horizon; horizontal.

  3. equal, as in height, condition, status, or advancement.

  4. even, equable, or uniform:

    to speak in a level voice.

  5. filled to a height even with the rim of a container:

    a level teaspoon of salt.

  6. mentally well-balanced; sensible; rational:

    to keep a level head in a crisis.

  7. of or pertaining to a particular rank or involving members of such a rank (usu. used in combination):

    high-level discussions.

  8. (n.)the horizontal line or plane in which anything is situated, with regard to its elevation:

    a shelf built at eye level.

  9. a position with respect to a given or specified height:

    The water rose to a level of 30 feet.

  10. a position or plane in a graded scale of values:

    an average level of skill.

  11. rank or status, as in a hierarchy:

    the top levels of government.

  12. stratum or sphere:

    levels of meaning; elections on a local level.

  13. an extent, measure, or degree of intensity, concentration, quantity, etc.:

    low levels of radiation; to increase levels of production.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  14. a horizontal surface, as a floor in a building or other structure:

    the upper level of the bridge.

  15. a device, as a spirit level, used for determining or adjusting something to a horizontal surface.

    Category: Building Trades

  16. a surveying instrument consisting of a spirit level mounted on a frame with a telescopic sight, used for establishing a horizontal. an observation made with this instrument.

    Category: Surveying

  17. an imaginary line or surface everywhere at right angles to the plumb line.

    Category: Surveying

  18. a horizontal position or condition.

  19. a level or flat surface, as an extent of land approximately horizontal and unbroken by irregularities.

    Category: Geography (terms), Common Vocabulary

  20. the interconnected horizontal mine workings at a particular elevation or depth:

    the 1500-foot level.

    Category: Mining

  21. (v.t.)to make (a surface) level, even, or flat; make horizontal.

  22. to raise or lower to a particular level or position.

  23. to bring (something) to the level of the ground:

    to level trees.

  24. Informal. to knock down (a person).

    Category: Informal

  25. to make equal, as in status or condition.

  26. to make even or uniform, as coloring.

  27. to aim or point (a weapon, criticism, etc.) at a mark or objective.

  28. to find the relative elevation of different points in (land), as with a surveyor's level.

    Category: Surveying

  29. (v.i.)to bring things or persons to a common level.

  30. to aim a weapon, criticism, etc., at a mark or objective.

  31. to speak truthfully and openly (often fol. by with).

  32. to take a level in surveying. to use a leveling instrument.

    Category: Surveying

  33. level off, (of an aircraft) to maintain a constant altitude after a climb or descent. to become stable; reach a constant or limit. to make even or smooth.

    Category: Aeronautics

Idioms for level:

  1. find one's (own) level,to attain a position or status that matches one's ability.

    Category: Idiom

  2. one's level best,one's very best; one's utmost.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on the level,honest; sincere; reliable.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of level:

1300–50; ME, var. of livel < MF < VL *lībellum, for L lībella plummet line, level, dim. of lībra balance, scales (see castle )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. degree, grade, level(noun)

    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"

  2. grade, level, tier(noun)

    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group

    "lumber of the highest grade"

  3. degree, level, stage, point(noun)

    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?"

  4. level(noun)

    height above ground

    "the water reached ankle level"; "the pictures were at the same level"

  5. level, spirit level(noun)

    indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid

  6. horizontal surface, level(noun)

    a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

    "park the car on the level"

  7. level, layer, stratum(noun)

    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. floor, level, storey, story(adj)

    a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

    "what level is the office on?"

  9. flat, level, plane(adj)

    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"

  10. level, unwavering(adj)

    not showing abrupt variations

    "spoke in a level voice"; "she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss

  11. level(adj)

    being on a precise horizontal plane

    "a billiard table must be level"

  12. level(adj)

    oriented at right angles to the plumb

    "the picture is level"

  13. tied(p), even, level(p)(verb)

    of the score in a contest

    "the score is tied"

  14. level(verb)

    aim at

    "level criticism or charges at somebody"

  15. level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down(verb)

    tear down so as to make flat with the ground

    "The building was levelled"

  16. flush, level, even out, even(verb)

    make level or straight

    "level the ground"

  17. charge, level, point(verb)

    direct into a position for use

    "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"

  18. level(verb)

    talk frankly with; lay it on the line

    "I have to level with you"

  19. level, level off(verb)

    become level or even

    "The ground levelled off"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. level(noun)ˈlɛv əl

    the amount of sth that exists at a particular point

    high levels of mercury in the water; Unemployment is at the lowest level ever known.

  2. levelˈlɛv əl

    the height of sth in relation to a surface or container

    the level of the water in the tank

  3. levelˈlɛv əl

    a standard of quality

    classes at the graduate level; high levels of accuracy; players competing at the top level of college football

  4. levelˈlɛv əl

    a rank or position in a range

    people in the top levels of management; a program that started at a local level

  5. levelˈlɛv əl

    a floor of a building

    repairs being done on the lower level of the library

  6. levelˈlɛv əl

    a way of thinking about sth

    I can relate to his story on many levels.

  7. levelˈlɛv əl

    legal or honest

    I'm sure she's on the level.

  8. level(adjective)ˈlɛv əl

    flat and not at an angle

    a level surface; Find a spot where the ground is level.

  9. levelˈlɛv əl

    (of two objects) with edges at the same height

    Hang the pictures so that they're level with each other.

  10. levelˈlɛv əl

    (of a score or amount) equal to another

    The score was level at halftime.

  11. levelˈlɛv əl

    a situation in which everyone has the same advantages and disadvantages

    worries about the lack of a level playing field in the election

  12. level(verb)ˈlɛv əl

    to destroy a building completely

    The entire block was leveled.

  13. levelˈlɛv əl

    to make flat

    They leveled the driveway with a roller.

  14. levelˈlɛv əl

    to make a score or two numbers, amounts, etc. equal

    England levelled the score.


  1. level(Noun)

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

  2. level(Noun)

    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. level(Noun)

    Degree or amount.

  4. level(Noun)

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

  5. level(Noun)

    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).

  6. level(Noun)

    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. level(Noun)

    A floor of a multi-storey building.

    Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.

  8. level(Noun)

    an area of almost perfectly flat land.

  9. level(Verb)

    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.

  10. level(Verb)

    To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.

    The hurricane leveled the forest.

  11. level(Verb)

    To progress to the next level.

    I levelled after defeating the dragon.

  12. level(Verb)

    To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).

    He levelled an accusation of fraud.

  13. level(Verb)

    To make the score of a game equal.

  14. level(Verb)

    To levy.

  15. level(Adjective)

    The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.

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

  16. level(Adjective)

    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.

  17. level(Adjective)

    Unvaried in frequency.

    His pulse has been level for 12 hours.

  18. level(Adjective)


    He kept a level head under stress.

  19. level(Adjective)

    in the same position as some thing, for example in a race or in a competition

  20. Origin: From level, from livel, liveau, later nivel, niveau, from libella, diminutive of libra; see libra, librate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Level(noun)

    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

  2. Level(noun)

    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

  3. Level(noun)

    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

  4. Level(noun)

    hence, figuratively, a certain position, rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in one of several planes of different elevation

  5. Level(noun)

    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

  6. Level(noun)

    an instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust something with reference to a horizontal line

  7. Level(noun)

    a measurement of the difference of altitude of two points, by means of a level; as, to take a level

  8. Level(noun)

    a horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a mine

  9. Level(adj)

    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

  10. Level(adj)

    coinciding or parallel with the plane of the horizon; horizontal; as, the telescope is now level

  11. Level(adj)

    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

  12. Level(adj)

    straightforward; direct; clear; open

  13. Level(adj)

    well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial; as, a level head; a level understanding. [Colloq.]

  14. Level(adj)

    of even tone; without rising or falling inflection

  15. Level(verb)

    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

  16. Level(verb)

    to bring to a lower level; to overthrow; to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower

  17. Level(verb)

    to bring to a horizontal position, as a gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct

  18. Level(verb)

    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

  19. Level(verb)

    to adjust or adapt to a certain level; as, to level remarks to the capacity of children

  20. Level(verb)

    to be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with, something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit

  21. Level(verb)

    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


  1. LeveL

    LEVEL is a computer and video games magazine originating in the Czech Republic with branches in Romania and Turkey. These three brother divisions occasionally exchange content. In addition to publishing the magazine, LeveL also organizes many yearly gaming competitions for players in two of the countries; it is one of the biggest Turkish sponsors of international gaming contests. LeveL was founded by Jan "Beast" Tomanek in 1995 in Czech Republic. Its first issue was released on 24.01.1995. The current LeveL editor-in-chief is Michal Křivský.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'level' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #375

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'level' in Written Corpus Frequency: #530

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'level' in Nouns Frequency: #58

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'level' in Verbs Frequency: #1091

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'level' in Adjectives Frequency: #502

Translations for level

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


flat, even, smooth or horizontal

a level surface; a level spoonful (= an amount which just fills the spoon to the top of the sides).

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