• A ground-level nest, containing five eggs
    A ground-level nest, containing five eggs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leveling the act of making equal or uniform
    • n leveling complete destruction of a building
    • n leveling changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface
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A pagoda of three levels, built on a platform A pagoda of three levels, built on a platform

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cleveland spelled backwards is "DNA level C."
    • Leveling The act or operation of making level.
    • Leveling (Surveying) The art or operation of using a leveling instrument for finding a horizontal line, for ascertaining the differences of level between different points of the earth's surface included in a survey, for establishing grades, etc., as in finding the descent of a river, or locating a line of railroad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Death Valley, California, has a point that is 280 feet below sea level.
    • n leveling The act or process of reducing an uneven surface to a level or plane.
    • n leveling The art or operation of ascertaining the different elevations of objects on the surface of the earth; the art or practice of finding how much any assigned point on the earth's surface included in a survey is higher or lower than another assigned point. It is a branch of surveying of great importance in making roads, determining the proper lines for railways, conducting water, draining low grounds, rendering rivers navigable, forming canals, and the like. The instruments commonly employed are a level or leveling-instrument and a pair of leveling-staffs. One of the staffs is held up vertically, resting upon the ground at the initial point. The observer then goes forward with his instrument for a convenient distance, makes his telescope level, and directs the rod-man to raise or lower the target until it is at the height of the telescope. This is called a backsight. The height of the target on the rod is now read. The other rod has meantime been carried forward, and is observed in the same manner. This is called a fore-sight. The instrument is now carried forward and a back-sight is made on the last rod. When a bench-mark or other terminus is reached, all the fore-sights are added together, as well as all the back-sights, and the difference of the sums is the difference of elevation.
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  • John Welsh
    John Welsh
    “Life is an uphill business for the guy who's not on the level.”
  • Luigi Pirandello
    “Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.”
  • Les Brown
    “If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.”
  • Joe Paterno
    Joe Paterno
    “You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.”
  • James T. Mccay
    James T. Mccay
    “No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.”


Dead level best - If you try your dead level best, you try as hard as you possibly could to do something.
On the level - If someone is honest and trustworthy, they are on the level.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also levelling,


In literature:

In 1881 work on a tide-level canal across the Isthmus of Panama was begun, but the plan was afterward changed to a high-level canal.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Gently he declined his elevator and sank to a lower level.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
The cabin was pressurized, though it did not attempt to simulate sea-level pressure.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
It was that angle which helped him to the next level.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
The level of violence is high and growing.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
The car descended to the first garage level, and Harry stood gulping gratefully in the comparative isolation.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
I'd meet Harlan on the level, man to man, if he was lookin' for me.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The country beneath us seemed fairly level.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Spent a lot of money levelling it and getting it ready to water.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
It is also used to remove grain in breweries from a lower to a higher level.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Springs the whip with a crack! nine stone ten on his back,
Fit and light he can race like the devil;
I draw past him — 'tis vain; he draws past me again,
Springs the whip! and again we are level.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
That came in thy absence; because of the lights
In the Passion that grew to a level with thee—
Is it well that our lives have been filled with the nights
And the days which have made it a sorrow to be?
"Cui Bono?" by Henry Kendall
The thoughtless birds that shook out of the trees,
Singing an ecstasy I could not share,
Played cunning in my thoughts. Surely in these
Pleasures there could not be a pain to bear
Or any discord shake the level breeze.
"Absence" by Elizabeth Jennings
Not on the vulgar mass
Called "work," must sentence pass,
Things done, that took the eye and had the price;
O'er which, from level stand,
The low world laid its hand,
Found straightway to its mind, could value in a trice:
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
And this he must do. He may grant,
Or may deny; but hear he must.
Were his Seven Towers all adamant,
They'd soon be levelled with the dust,
And "public feeling" make short work,—
Should he not hear them,—with the Turk.
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont
The willow bends unbroken when angry tempests blow,
The stately oak is levelled and all its strength laid low;
So fell that tower of manhood, undaunted, patient, strong,
White with the gathering snowflakes, who faced the storm so long.
"The Last Survivor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

As manure pit levels continue to fill this time of year, foam levels may reach the slats and reduce the air exchange in the building.
Endress+Hauser recently announced the availability of its new Liquiphant FTL 20, a low-cost point level switch for liquids level measurement.
Latest figures have the level at 3,627 feet above sea level.
MTS Sensors Develops Its Level Plus liquid Level Transmitters.
Livin' is Easy with Level-Headed Liquid-Level Transmitters.
DL Manufacturing's Leveler Koozi is an energy savings kit suitable for most existing loading dock levelers .
Limiters help control power levels within a system, protecting sensitive components (like receivers) from sudden surges in signal level.
' … The flavors we added were chosen to complement the Scotch, and bring it to a new level –- this is in contrast to many of the mass-marketed liqueurs which use huge levels of swee...
DL Manufacturing's Leveler Koozi is an energy savings kit suitable for most existing loading dock levelers.
Sands Level & Tool Co.® now offers Professional Top Reading Mahogany I-Beam Levels.
Brown marmorated stink bug levels were discovered to be above threshold levels in both corn and soybean fields.
We passed through all his levels of instruction and attended his " graduate" level.
Level 1 offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years, and Level 2 and 3 offenders for life.
The amount of pork in freezers is beginning to be a bit concerning, especially when the fourth- highest level ever occurs on Sept 30, just in front of what are usually the highest slaughter levels of the year.

In science:

D(e) > τhn } , := {the walk visits the level hn n times before reaching the root or the level 2hn} , := {after the n-th visit of level hn , the walk reaches level 2hn before level hn} , := {after time τ2hn the walk never comes back to level 2hn − 1} .
Large deviations for random walks in random environment on a Galton-Watson tree
In our conceptual model, it would mean that the student will be first processing at the DR c onceptual level and then going to the Eval level to evaluate statements at the operational and returning again to the DR level.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
LABEL: Fact Level-n-n+1 A level n system is strictly weaker than a level n + 1 system.
Size and Logic
An important fact is that these hypercubes, where the walk is trapped, are not level sets for the potential neither for the reversible measure denoted π , however they can be partitioned in level sets for π . A part of this work is devoted to the study of the local time of the walk on these level sets.
The local time of a random walk on growing hypercubes
We can represent the level sets in the 3-dimensionnal case as in figure 2: surfaces delimited by the black lines represent the level sets for V (on the left) and the level sets of π (on the right).
The local time of a random walk on growing hypercubes