What does lever mean?

Definitions for lever
ˈlɛv ər, ˈli vərlever

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lever.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. levernoun

    a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

  2. levernoun

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

  3. lever, lever tumblerverb

    a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock

  4. pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmyverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Levernoun

    The second mechanical power, is a balance supported by a hypomochlion; only the centre is not in the middle, as in the common balance, but near one end; for which reason it is used to elevate or raise a great weight; whence comes the name lever. John Harris

    Etymology: levier, French.

    Have you any leavers to lift me up again, being down. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Some draw with cords, and some the monster drive
    With rolls and levers. John Denham.

    In a leaver, the motion can be continued only for so short a space, as may be answerable to that little distance betwixt the fulciment and the weight; which is always by so much lesser, as the disproportion betwixt the weight and the power is greater, and the motion itself more easy. John Wilkins, Magick.

    Some hoisting leavers, some the wheels prepare. Dryd.

    You may have a wooden lever, forked at the ends. John Mortimer.


  1. Lever

    A lever is a simple machine consisting of a beam or rigid rod pivoted at a fixed hinge, or fulcrum. A lever is a rigid body capable of rotating on a point on itself. On the basis of the locations of fulcrum, load and effort, the lever is divided into three types. Also, leverage is mechanical advantage gained in a system. It is one of the six simple machines identified by Renaissance scientists. 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 mechanical advantage of the lever. As such, the lever is a mechanical advantage device, trading off force against movement.


  1. lever

    A lever is a simple machine or mechanical device consisting of a rigid bar that pivots about a fixed point, called the fulcrum, and is used to transmit force. It is often used to lift or move heavy objects by amplifying the applied effort.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leveradjective

    more agreeable; more pleasing

  2. Leveradverb


  3. Levernoun

    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. Levernoun

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

  5. Levernoun

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

  6. Etymology: [Old compar. of leve or lief.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lever

    lē′vėr, adv. an obsolete comp. of lief.


  1. Lever

    Lever is creating painless software that fits with every company's HR process.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lever

    In the marine steam-engine, the lever and counter-balance weight are fixed upon the wiper-shaft, to form an equipoise to the valves. There is one on each side of the cylinder. (See SPANNER.)--Also, an inflexible bar of iron or wood to raise weights, which takes rank as the first and most simple of the mechanical powers.--To lever. An old word for unloading a ship.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LEVER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lever is ranked #14084 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lever surname appeared 2,135 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Lever.

    82% or 1,752 total occurrences were White.
    11.2% or 241 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 71 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 47 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. elver

  2. revel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lever in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lever in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Body is morning dew that shines to the rise of the hands. (Corps est rosée du matin - Qui brille au lever des mains.)

  2. Chief Financial Officer Ron Millos:

    That is a lever we can pull.

  3. Von Spakovsky:

    They are using federal housing money intended to improve the bad housing of poor Americans as the lever to force compliance with these new regulations, but that money is most needed in blighted, inner city urban neighborhoods, where there are a large number of African Americans. This federal utopian vision will divert that needed federal money into suburbs where it is not needed, leaving poor Americans living in substandard, terrible housing.

  4. Archimedes:

    Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

  5. Daniel Webster:

    Mind is the great lever of all things.

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