Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    a high level of care is required
    it is all a matter of degree
  2. (noun, state) a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
  3. (noun, state) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
    at what stage are the social sciences?
  4. (noun, attribute) height above ground
    the pictures were at the same level
  5. (noun, artifact) indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
  6. (noun, artifact) a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
  7. (noun, cognition) an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
    a simile has at least two layers of meaning
    the mind functions on many strata simultaneously
  8. (noun, artifact) a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  9. (verb, competition) aim at
  10. (verb, creation) tear down so as to make flat with the ground
  11. (verb, contact) make level or straight
  12. (verb, competition) direct into a position for use
    He charged his weapon at me
  13. (verb, communication) talk frankly with; lay it on the line
  14. (verb, change) become level or even
  15. (adj, all) having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    acres of level farmland
    a plane surface
    skirts sewn with fine flat seams
  16. (adj, all) not showing abrupt variations
    she gave him a level look
  17. (adj, all) being on a precise horizontal plane
  18. (adj, all) oriented at right angles to the plumb
  19. (adj, all) of the score in a contest

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Level


Origin of the word Level

  1. mid-14c., from O.Fr. livel, from L. libella "a balance, level," dim. of libra "balance, scale, unit of weight." The adj. is 1559, from the noun. The verb in the slang sense of "tell the truth" is from 1920. Cognate Sp. nivel, Mod.Fr. niveau are from the same source but altered by dissimilation. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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