level

A level is a position in a scale. Attaining a high level of unemployment is depressing, but getting to a high level on a video game is exciting.

The verb level also means to flatten or destroy. For example, a mighty wind will level a grove of trees or a wrecking ball can level a building. As a noun, level notes the position of something on a scale of intensity. You feel a rising level of temperature as the sun gets higher in the sky. As an adjective, level describes something that is even and flat. A level path is easy to walk on.

Primary Meanings of level

1.
nadj
a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
of the score in a contest
2.
n
height above ground
3.
nadjv
a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
make level or straight
4.
v
aim at
5.
v
talk frankly with; lay it on the line
Full Definitions of level
1

n a relative position or degree of value in a graded group

Synonyms:
grade, tier
Types:
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biosafety level
the level of safety from exposure to infectious agents; depends on work practices and safety equipment and facilities
A level
the advanced level of a subject taken in school (usually two years after O level)
GCSE, General Certificate of Secondary Education, O level
the basic level of a subject taken in school
college level
the level of education that college students are assumed to have attained
biosafety level 1
exposure only to infectious agents that do not ordinarily cause human disease
biosafety level 2
exposure to infectious agents that can cause disease in humans but whose potential for transmission is limited
biosafety level 3
exposure to infectious agents that can be transmitted by the respiratory route and which can cause serious infection
biosafety level 4
exposure to exotic infectious agents that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease and can be transmitted as an aerosol and for which there is no vaccine or therapy
Type of:
rank
relative status

n a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

Synonyms:
degree, point, stage
Types:
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ladder
ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top
the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
extent
the point or degree to which something extends
end point, resultant
the final point in a process
standard of life, standard of living
a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
plane
a level of existence or development
state of the art
the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time
ultimacy, ultimateness
the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
quickening
the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
climax
the most severe stage of a disease
extremity
the greatest or utmost degree
profoundness
extremeness of degree
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

“a high level of care is required”
Synonyms:
degree, grade
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caliber, calibre, quality
a degree or grade of excellence or worth
intensity, intensiveness
high level or degree; the property of being intense
grind
the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
depth
degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
highness
a high degree (of amount or force etc.)
high
a lofty level or position or degree
low
a low level or position or degree
lowness
a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.)
extreme
the furthest or highest degree of something
amplitude level
the level on a scale of amplitude
moderateness, moderation
quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
immoderateness, immoderation
the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation
SPF, sun protection factor
the degree to which a sunscreen protects the skin from the direct rays of the sun
high quality, superiority
the quality of being superior
inferiority, low quality
an inferior quality
force, forcefulness, strength
physical energy or intensity
badness, severeness, severity
used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
emphasis, vehemence
intensity or forcefulness of expression
top
the greatest possible intensity
ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness
the property of being wild or turbulent
profoundness, profundity
intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc
shallowness, superficiality
lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
golden mean
the middle between extremes
reasonableness
moderation in expectations
excess, excessiveness, inordinateness
immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

adj of the score in a contest

Synonyms:
even, tied
equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
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n height above ground

“the water reached ankle level
“the pictures were at the same level
Type of:
altitude, height
elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface

n an abstract place usually conceived as having depth

“a good actor communicates on several levels
Synonyms:
layer, stratum
Type of:
place
an abstract mental location
3

n a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

“park the car on the level
Synonyms:
horizontal surface
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floor, flooring
the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)
paved surface
a level horizontal surface covered with paving material
platform
a raised horizontal surface
apron
a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used
auction block, block
a platform from which an auctioneer sells
bandstand, outdoor stage, stand
a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
bell deck
a floor under the bells of an open belfry
catwalk
narrow platform extending out into an auditorium
crow's nest
platform for a lookout at or near the top of a mast
ambo, dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stump
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
dance floor
a bare floor polished for dancing
deck
any of various platforms built into a vessel
dock, loading dock
a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
floorboard
the floor of an automobile
fly floor, fly gallery
a narrow raised platform at the side of a stage in a theater; stagehands can work the ropes controlling equipment in the flies
footboard
a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
footplate
the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls
foretop
a platform at the head of a foremast
landing
an intermediate platform in a staircase
landing stage
platform from which passengers and cargo can be (un)loaded
launch area, launch pad, launching pad, launchpad, pad
a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
monkey bridge
a high narrow platform above a deck or in an engine room or boiler room
pallet
a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it
parquet, parquet floor
a floor made of parquetry
pavement, paving
the paved surface of a thoroughfare
dock, pier, wharf, wharfage
a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
ring
a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
road surface
the paved surface of a paved roadway
runway
a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land
runway
a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.
scaffold
a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
skidpan
a paved surface on which cars can be made to skid so that drivers can practice controlling them
stage
a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
microscope stage, stage
a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
stairhead
platform at the top of a staircase
macadam, tarmac, tarmacadam
a paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar
taxi strip, taxiway
a paved surface in the form of a strip; used by planes taxiing to or from the runway at an airport
top
platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
truck bed
the floor or bottom of a wagon or truck or trailer
turntable
a circular horizontal platform that rotates a phonograph record while it is being played
turntable
a rotatable platform with a track; used to turn locomotives and cars
Type of:
surface
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

n a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

“what level is the office on?”
Synonyms:
floor, storey, story
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basement, cellar
the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
first floor, ground floor, ground level
the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
attic, garret, loft
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
loft
floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
entresol, mezzanine, mezzanine floor
intermediate floor just above the ground floor
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
cellarage
a storage area in a cellar
cockloft
a small loft or garret
hayloft, haymow, mow
a loft in a barn where hay is stored
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid

Synonyms:
spirit level
Types:
mason's level
a level longer than a carpenter's level
Type of:
indicator
a device for showing the operating condition of some system

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

“acres of level farmland”
Synonyms:
flat, plane
even
being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)

adj being on a precise horizontal plane

“a billiard table must be level
Synonyms:
horizontal
parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line

adj oriented at right angles to the plumb

“the picture is level
Synonyms:
even
being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)

v make level or straight

level the ground”
Synonyms:
even, even out, flush
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grade
level to the right gradient
strickle, strike
smooth with a strickle
strickle
level off with a strickle in a measuring container
aggrade
build up to a level by depositing sediment
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v become level or even

“The ground levelled off”
Synonyms:
level off
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v tear down so as to make flat with the ground

“The building was levelled
Synonyms:
dismantle, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
Antonyms:
erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
construct, build, or erect
Types:
bulldoze
flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

adj not showing abrupt variations

“spoke in a level voice”
“"she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss”
Synonyms:
unwavering
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
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v aim at

level criticism or charges at somebody”
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

v direct into a position for use

Synonyms:
charge, point
point
be positionable in a specified manner
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
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v talk frankly with; lay it on the line

“I have to level with you”
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

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