What does lever mean?

Definitions for lever
ˈlɛv ər, ˈli vərlever

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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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leveradjective

    more agreeable; more pleasing

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

  2. Leveradverb


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

  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

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

  4. Levernoun

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

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

  5. Levernoun

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

    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

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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.

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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. Ayn Rand:

    If there is any one proof of a man's incompetence, it is the stagnant mentality of a worker who, doing some small routine job in a vast undertaking, does not care to look beyond the lever of a machine, does not choose to know how the machine got there or what makes his job possible, and proclaims that the management of the undertaking is parasitical and unneccessary.

  2. Pete Gaynor:

    If it comes to a point we have to pull the lever, we will.

  3. Jen Psaki:

    ( We) always get into the fun of labels around here, but I would say our focus is on solutions, clearly the numbers are enormous. This is a big challenge, and it certainly is a reflection of using every lever of the federal government to help address that.

  4. Chief Financial Officer Ron Millos:

    That is a lever we can pull.

  5. Archimedes:

    Give me a lever and I will move the earth

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