Meaning of LEVEL in English


I. ˈle-vəl noun

Etymology: Middle English, plumb line, from Anglo-French livel, from Vulgar Latin * libellum, alteration of Latin libella, from diminutive of libra weight, balance

Date: 14th century

1. : a device for establishing a horizontal line or plane by means of a bubble in a liquid that shows adjustment to the horizontal by movement to the center of a slightly bowed glass tube

2. : a measurement of the difference of altitude of two points by means of a level

3. : horizontal condition ; especially : equilibrium of a fluid marked by a horizontal surface of even altitude

water seeks its own level


a. : an approximately horizontal line or surface taken as an index of altitude

b. : a practically horizontal surface or area (as of land)

5. : a position in a scale or rank (as of achievement, significance, or value)

funded at the national level

the job appeals to me on many level s


a. : a line or surface that cuts perpendicularly all plumb lines that it meets and hence would everywhere coincide with a surface of still water

b. : the plane of the horizon or a line in it

7. : a horizontal passage in a mine intended for regular working and transportation

8. : a concentration of a constituent especially of a body fluid (as blood)

9. : the magnitude of a quantity considered in relation to an arbitrary reference value ; broadly : magnitude , intensity

a high level of hostility

- on the level

II. verb

( -eled or -elled ; -el·ing or lev·el·ling ˈle-və-liŋ, ˈlev-liŋ)

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to make (a line or surface) horizontal : make flat or level

level a field

level off a house lot


a. : to bring to a horizontal aiming position

b. : aim , direct

level ed a charge of fraud

3. : to bring to a common level or plane : equalize

love level s all ranks — W. S. Gilbert


a. : to lay level with or as if with the ground : raze

b. : to knock down

level ed him with one punch

5. : to make (as color) even or uniform

6. : to find the heights of different points in (a piece of land) especially with a surveyor's level

intransitive verb

1. : to attain or come to a level

the plane level ed off at 10,000 feet

2. : to aim a gun or other weapon horizontally

3. : to bring persons or things to a level

4. : to deal frankly and openly

III. adjective

Date: 15th century


a. : having no part higher than another : conforming to the curvature of the liquid parts of the earth's surface

b. : parallel with the plane of the horizon : horizontal


a. : even or unvarying in height

b. : equal in advantage, progression, or standing

c. : proceeding monotonously or uneventfully


(1) : steady , unwavering

gave him a level look

(2) : calm , unexcited

spoke in level tones

3. : reasonable , balanced

arrive at a justly proportional and level judgment on this affair — Sir Winston Churchill

4. : distributed evenly

level stress

5. : being a surface perpendicular to all lines of force in a field of force : equipotential

6. : suited to a particular rank or plane of ability or achievement

top- level thinking

7. : of or relating to the spreading out of a cost or charge in even payments over a period of time

• lev·el·ly ˈle-və(l)-lē adverb

• lev·el·ness -vəl-nəs noun

- level best


level , flat , plane , even , smooth mean having a surface without bends, curves, or irregularities. level applies to a horizontal surface that lies on a line parallel with the horizon

the vast prairies are nearly level

flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions

the work surface must be flat

plane applies to any real or imaginary flat surface in which a straight line between any two points on it lies wholly within that surface

the plane sides of a crystal

even applies to a surface that is noticeably flat or level or to a line that is observably straight

trim the hedge so it is even

smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities

a smooth skating rink

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.