Definitions for leverˈlɛv ər, ˈli vər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lev•erˈlɛv ər, ˈli vər(n.)

  1. a rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third.

    Category: Mechanics

  2. a means or agency of persuading or of achieving an end.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.t.)to move or lift with or as if with a lever.

  4. (v.i.)to use a lever.

Origin of lever:

1250–1300; ME levere, levour for *lever < AF; OF levier=lev(er) to lift (< L levāre to lighten, lift) +-ier -ier2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lever(noun)

    a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

  2. lever(noun)

    a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum

  3. lever, lever tumbler(verb)

    a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock

  4. pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmy(verb)

    to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

    "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lever(noun)ˈɛvɚ

    a handle or stick you pull to operate a machine

    Pull the lever to start the engine.

  2. leverˈɛvɚ

    an object you force underneath sth heavy in order to lift it

    They used a stick for a lever.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lever(adj)

    more agreeable; more pleasing

  2. Lever(adverb)

    rather

  3. Lever(noun)

    a rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; -- used for transmitting and modifying force and motion. Specif., a bar of metal, wood, or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures

  4. Lever(noun)

    a bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it

  5. Lever(noun)

    an arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it

Freebase

  1. Lever

    A lever is a machine consisting of a beam or rigid rod pivoted at a fixed hinge, or fulcrum. It is one of the six simple machines identified by Renaissance scientists. The word comes from the French lever, "to raise", cf. a levant. A lever amplifies an input force to provide a greater output force, which is said to provide leverage. The ratio of the output force to the input force is the ideal mechanical advantage of the lever.

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  1. Lever

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Translations for lever

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

lever(noun)

a bar of wood, metal etc used to lift heavy weights

A crowbar is a kind of lever; You must use a coin as a lever to get the lid of that tin off.

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