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English adjective: level

1. level having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another

SamplesA flat desk.
Acres of level farmland.
A plane surface.
Skirts sewn with fine flat seams.

Synonymsflat, plane



2. level not showing abrupt variations

SamplesSpoke in a level voice.
She gave him a level look.




3. level being on a precise horizontal plane

SamplesA billiard table must be level.


Antonymsvertical, inclined, perpendicular

4. level oriented at right angles to the plumb

SamplesThe picture is level.



5. level of the score in a contest

SamplesThe score is tied.

Synonymseven, tied



English noun: level

1. level (attribute) a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

SamplesA moderate grade of intelligence.
A high level of care is required.
It is all a matter of degree.

Synonymsdegree, grade

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)amplitude level, caliber, calibre, depth, extreme, grind, high, highness, immoderateness, immoderation, intensity, intensiveness, low, lowness, moderateness, moderation, quality, SPF, sun protection factor

Attributehigh, intense, low, mild

2. level (state) a relative position or degree of value in a graded group

SamplesLumber of the highest grade.

Synonymsgrade, tier

Broader (hypernym)rank

Narrower (hyponym)A level, biosafety level, college level, GCSE, General Certificate of Secondary Education, O level

3. level (state) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

SamplesA remarkable degree of frankness.
At what stage are the social sciences?.

Synonymsdegree, point, stage

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)acme, climax, elevation, end point, extent, height, ladder, meridian, peak, pinnacle, plane, quickening, resultant, standard of life, standard of living, state of the art, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, ultimacy, ultimateness

4. level (attribute) height above ground

SamplesThe water reached ankle level.
The pictures were at the same level.

Broader (hypernym)altitude, height

5. level (artifact) indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid

Synonymsspirit level

Broader (hypernym)indicator

Narrower (hyponym)mason's level

Part meronymcarpenter's level, surveyor's level

6. level (artifact) a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

SamplesPark the car on the level.

Synonymshorizontal surface

Broader (hypernym)surface

Narrower (hyponym)floor, flooring, paved surface, platform

7. level (cognition) an abstract place usually conceived as having depth

SamplesA good actor communicates on several levels.
A simile has at least two layers of meaning.
The mind functions on many strata simultaneously.

Synonymslayer, stratum

Broader (hypernym)place

8. level (artifact) a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

SamplesWhat level is the office on?.

Synonymsfloor, storey, story

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)attic, basement, cellar, entresol, first floor, garret, ground floor, ground level, loft, loft, mezzanine, mezzanine floor

Part meronymbuilding, edifice

English verb: level

1. level (competition) aim at

SamplesLevel criticism or charges at somebody.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train

2. level (creation) tear down so as to make flat with the ground

SamplesThe building was levelled.

Synonymsdismantle, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)destroy, destruct

Narrower (hyponym)bulldoze

Antonymserect, put up, set up, rear, raise

3. level (contact) make level or straight

SamplesLevel the ground.

Synonymseven, even out, flush

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)grade, strickle, strickle, strike

4. level (competition) direct into a position for use

SamplesPoint a gun.
He charged his weapon at me.

Synonymscharge, point

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train

Verb grouppoint

5. level (communication) talk frankly with; lay it on the line

SamplesI have to level with you.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

6. level (change) become level or even

SamplesThe ground levelled off.

Synonymslevel off

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change surface

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