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Dictionary Definition

level adj
1 having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface" [syn: flat, plane]
2 not showing abrupt variations; "spoke in a level voice"; "she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss [syn: unwavering]
3 being on a precise horizontal plane; "a billiard table must be level"
4 oriented at right angles to the plumb; "the picture is level"
5 of the score in a contest; "the score is tied" [syn: tied(p), even, level(p)]


1 a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate degree of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree" [syn: degree, grade]
2 a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; "lumber of the highest grade" [syn: grade, tier]
3 a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn: degree, stage, point]
4 height above ground; "the water reached ankle level"; "the pictures were at the same level"
5 indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid [syn: spirit level]
6 a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line; "park the car on the level" [syn: horizontal surface]
7 structure consisting of a room or set of rooms comprising a single level of a multilevel building; "what level is the office on?" [syn: floor, storey, story]
8 an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously" [syn: layer, stratum]


1 aim at; "level criticism or charges at somebody"
2 tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled" [syn: raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down] [ant: raise]
3 make level or straight; "level the ground" [syn: flush, even out, even]
4 direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: charge, point]
5 talk frankly with; lay it on the line; "I have to level with you"
6 become level or even; "The ground levelled off" [syn: level off] [also: levelling, levelled]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The same height at all places; parallel to the ground.
    This table isn't quite level; see how this marble rolls off it?
  2. At the same height as some reference; constructed as level with.
    We tried to hang the pictures so that the bottom of the frames were level with the dark line in the wallpaper.
  3. (Frequency) Being unvaried.
    His pulse has been level for 12 hours.
  4. Being sensible.
    He kept a level head under stress.''

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Related terms


the same height at all places
  • Danish: jævn, plan, vandret
  • Dutch: vlak
  • German: eben, Niveau
  • Italian: piano, orizzontale
  • Norwegian: vatret
  • Polish: poziomy
  • Portuguese: nivelado, plano
  • Russian: ровный
  • Swedish: vågrät
at the same height as some reference
being unvaried
being sensible


  1. A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.
  1. Hand me the level so I can tell if this is correctly installed.
  2. A distance relative to a given reference elevation.
    By the end of the day, we'd dug down to the level of the old basement floor.
  3. Degree or amount.
    The sound level is much too high; this hurts my ears.
    We've reached a new level of success.
  4. In an Internet post, an indication of the number of previous replies at which a portion of text was written.
  5. In the context of "gaming": One of several discrete segments of a game generally increasing in difficulty. Often numbered. Often, each level occupies different physical space (although levels are not always vertically stacked).
    It took me weeks to get to level seven.
    Watch out for the next level; the bad guys there are really overpowered.
  6. In the context of "gaming": A periodic progression of integer values that quantify a character's experience and power.
    My half-orc barbarian reached fifth level before he was squashed by a troll.
  7. A floor of a multi-storey building.
    Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.


a tool for finding whether a surface is level
a distance relative to a given reference elevation
  • Danish: niveau , højde
  • Dutch: niveau, hoogte
  • German: Niveau
  • Italian: livello
  • Norwegian: nivå
  • Portuguese: nível
  • Russian: уровень
  • Swedish: nivå
degree or amount
  • Czech: úroveň
  • Danish: niveau
  • Greek: επίπεδο
  • Italian: livello
  • Norwegian: nivå
  • Polish: poziom
  • Portuguese: nível
  • Russian: уровень, степень
  • Spanish: nivel
  • Swedish: nivå
one of several discrete segments of a game (gaming)
  • Czech: úroveň
  • Danish: niveau
  • Dutch: niveau
  • German: Level
  • Italian: livello
  • Norwegian: nivå
  • Polish: poziom
  • Portuguese: fase , nível
  • Russian: уровень (úrov'en') , этап (etáp)
  • Swedish: nivå
a character's experience and power (gaming)
  • Czech: úroveň
  • Danish: niveau
  • German: Stufe
  • Italian: livello
  • Swedish: nivå
a floor of a multi-storey building
  • Czech: podlaží
  • Danish: etage, plan
  • Dutch: etage, verdieping
  • German: Etage
  • Italian: piano, livello
  • Swedish: våning

See also


  1. To adjust so as to make as flat or perpendicular to the ground of possible.
    You can level the table by turning the pads that screw into the feet.
  2. To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
    The hurricane leveled the forest.
  3. In the context of "gaming": To progress to the next level.
    I levelled after defeating the dragon.
  4. To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
    He levelled an accusation of fraud.
  5. italbrac US or obsolete To levy.
    • 2007, Mary Jacoby, EU investigators endorse charges against Intel, Wall Street Journal Europe (17 Jan 07, p. 32, col 5),
      Ultimately, Ms. Kroes [European Union Antitrust Commissioner] could level a fine and order Intel to change its business practices.


To adjust so as to make level
To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze
To progress to the next level
To aim or direct

Extensive Definition

Level may refer to:
level in German: Level
level in Italian: Livello
level in Latvian: Līmenis
level in Dutch: Level
level in Russian: Уровень

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