Meaning of LEVER in English

n. & v.


1. a bar resting on a pivot, used to help lift a heavy or firmly fixed object.

2 Mech. a simple machine consisting of a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum (fixed point) which can be acted upon by a force (effort) in order to move a load.

3 a projecting handle moved to operate a mechanism.

4 a means of exerting moral pressure.


1. intr. use a lever.

2 tr. (often foll. by away, out, up, etc.) lift, move, or act on with a lever.

Phrases and idioms:

lever escapement a mechanism connecting the escape wheel and the balance wheel using two levers. lever watch a watch with a lever escapement.

Etymology: ME f. OF levier, leveor f. lever raise: see LEVY

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.