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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEVEL

Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.

They understand it, up to the level of their own stature; they know who loves them, but not who loves virtue.

I'd level straightway with the dust, and with it sink our shame.

We can turn rivers in their courses, level mountains to the plains.

I think now it was because it seemed to bring you down nearer to my level.

He brought his chair to a level and pounded the desk with a weighty fist.

Her voice was level and vaguely dangerous as she answered his accusation.

On the level, now, do you think you could get away with that young Gilder scheme you've been planning?

The son met his father's gaze with a level look in which there was no weakness.

His tone was as level as if he were discussing some trivial matter.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "tool to indicate a horizontal line," from Old French livel "a level" (13c.), ultimately from Latin libella "a balance, level," diminutive of libra "balance, scale, unit of weight," from PIE *lithra. Cognate Spanish nivel, Modern French niveau are from the same source but altered by dissimilation. Meaning "horizontality" is from c.1400. Meaning "position as marked by a horizontal line" is from 1530s. Phrase on the level "fair, honest" is from 1872; earlier it meant "moderate, without great ambition" (1790).

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