• WordNet 3.6
    • n levee an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
    • n levee a pier that provides a landing place on a river
    • n levee a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Levee A morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in distinction from a soirée, or evening assembly; a matinée; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime or evening; as, the president's levee .
    • n Levee An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river.
    • Levee The act of rising. "The sun's levee ."
    • v. t Levee To attend the levee or levees of. "He levees all the great."
    • v. t Levee To keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a river.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n levee An embankment on the margin of a river, to confine it within its natural channel: as, the levees of the Mississippi.
    • n levee Hence A landing-place for vessels; a quay, pier, or landing-stage.
    • levee To embank: as, to levee a river.
    • n levee The act or time of rising.
    • n levee A morning reception held by a prince or great personage; a morning assembly. The term is chiefly applied in Great Britain to the stated public occasions on which the sovereign receives such persons as are entitled by rank or favor to the honor. It is distinguished from a drawing-room in the respect that, whereas at a levee men alone appear (with the exception of the chief ladies of the court), both women and men attend a drawing-room. In old French usage, a levee (lever) was a reception of nobles by the king on his rising from bed, or during or immediately after the making of his toilet.
    • n levee A general or miscellaneous assemblage of guests, without reference to the time of day; a reception: as, the president's levee.
    • levee To attend the levee of; fasten one's self on, or pester, at levees.
    • n levee In irrigation, one of the small continuous ridges of earth surrounding the fields, or compartments, of land that is to be irrigated. The levees are usually from three to five feet wide at the bottom, and a foot or more in height, being broad and low, so that wheeled agricultural implements can pass over them without injury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Levee lev′ā a morning assembly of visitors: an assembly received by a sovereign or other great personage
    • v.t Levee to attend the levee of
    • n Levee le-vē′ an artificial bank, as that of the Lower Mississippi: a quay.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lever, fr. lever, to raise, se lever, to rise. See Lever (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The account of the "court-levee," and the winding up of other Stuttgart matters, must be reserved for to-morrow.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
I have got a levee of former reis's, sailors, etc.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
Do they want us to live on the levee an' steal, like some of 'em do?
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Contre nous, de la tyrannie L'etendart sanglant est leve.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
His levee presented a still more remarkable spectacle!
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
In some places the water seeps through, under the levee, and bubbles up, like a spring, from the ground outside.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
He has been at my morning levee, and on all other occasions at my breakfasts and dinners.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
Socola and Jennie strolled through the city for an hour until the crank levee was over.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
There is a slight levee back of the village, and H. went yesterday to examine it.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
Aroused, Val hurried after him to reach the bayou levee.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

Johne toke his leve at cure kyng,
The sothe as I yow say;
The next way to Notyngham
To take he zede the way.
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
Well, there, the geärden stuff an' flow'rs
Don't leäve me many idle hours;
But still, though I mid plant or zow,
'Tis Woone above do meäke it grow.
"Eclogue:--John An' Thomas" by William Barnes
Wynter wakeneth al my care,
Nou thise leves waxeth bare;
Ofte I sike and mourne sare
When hit cometh in my thoht
Of this worldes joie, hou hit geth al to noht.
"This World's Joy" by Anonymous British
You'll lose your meäster soon, then, I do vind;
He's gwaïn to leäve his farm, as I do larn,
At Miëlmas; an' I be zorry vor'n.
What, is he then a little bit behind?
"Eclogue:--Two Farms In Woone" by William Barnes
Is Farmer Tup a-gwaïn to leäve his farm?
He han't a-got noo young woones vor to zwarm.
Poor over-reachèn man! why to be sure
He don't want all the farms in parish, do er?
"Eclogue:--Two Farms In Woone" by William Barnes
Ah, well! while Life holds levee,
Death's ceaseless dance goes on.
So let the curtains, heavy
About my couch, be drawn--
The curtains, sad and heavy,
Where all shall sleep anon.
"A Song For Old Age" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

In New Orleans, authorities are breathing a sigh of relief that the new, $14 billion levee system held.
Corps breaks levee as water rising elsewhere .
Sen Pat Toomey has written a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking officials to expedite permanent repairs to the Chemung River levee in Athens Borough.
Repairs to Omaha's levee system nearing completion.
Forty Fort levee repair under way.
Forty Fort levee repair under way.
Boat Rescues in Little Ferry, N.J. After Levee Breaks.
The City of New Ulm wishes to remind everyone that This the property between Front Street and the Minnesota River on which the Flood Control Levee is built is private property .
From 9th to 14th South Front streets the City only has an easement on which the levee is built.
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees broke, many who were forced to leave without their pets endured long searches to find animals that had been ferried to safety without them.
A decade ago, South Shore Harbor was a cash cow for the Orleans Levee Board.
The Corps had said they couldn't include Levee 497 rebuilding in a federal program, but yesterday announced they will.
When it blasted the Birds Point levee in 2011, knowingly sending the Mississippi River gushing into homes there.
Backyards of Sacramento homes built on the water side of the levee, along Garden Highway, flooded in March 2011 after steady rain.

In science:

The electronic reservoirs are set out of equilibrium by applying a bias voltage Vbias , which modifies the electrochemical potentials (Fermi leve ls) of each electrode µσ driving a current through the quantum dot.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
We restricted our analyses to flux leve ls where we expect to be mostly complete based on our sensitivity maps and simulations performed by Bauer et al. (2004); this also helps to guard against Eddington bias at low flux levels.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
By comparing data taken during one orbit with that taken during the next, it was possible to see that the flux leve l varied with time in addition to position on the sky.
Revising the Local Bubble Model due to Solar Wind Charge Exchange X-ray Emission
In tha t case, the leve l hypersurfaces are just ob ta ined by translating a long the xm -axis. Th is prob lem, ca l led H idden Po lynomia l Function Graph Prob lem is considered in [DecWoc2007 ], [DecDraWoc2007] and so lved for quadra tic and cub ic po lynomia l Q .
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
If A ≤ B ∈ C and A is sufficiently strong in M, then there is an embedding of B into M over A whose image has a pre-described leved of strength.
Fields and Fusions: Hrushovski constructions and their definable groups