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lev·el

 (lĕv′əl)
n.
1.
a. Relative position or rank on a scale: the local level of government; studying at the graduate level.
b. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration: an unsafe level of toxicity; a high level of frustration.
2. A natural or proper position, place, or stage: I finally found my own level in the business world.
3. Position along a vertical axis; height or depth: a platform at knee level.
4.
a. A horizontal line or plane at right angles to the plumb.
b. The position or height of such a line or plane.
5. A flat, horizontal surface.
6. A land area of uniform elevation.
7.
a. An instrument for ascertaining whether a surface is horizontal, vertical, or at a 45° angle, consisting essentially of an encased, liquid-filled tube containing an air bubble that moves to a center window when the instrument is set on an even plane. Also called spirit level.
b. Such a device combined with a telescope and used in surveying.
c. A computation of the difference in elevation between two points by using such a device.
adj.
1. Having a flat, smooth surface: a level countertop.
2. Being on a horizontal plane: a level field.
3.
a. Being at the same height or position as another; even.
b. Being at the same degree of rank, standing, or advantage as another; equal.
c. Being or relating to a specified rank or standing. Often used in combination: a lower-level administrator.
4. Exhibiting no abrupt variations; steady: spoke in a level tone.
5. Rational and balanced; sensible: came to a level appraisal of the situation; keeps a level head in an emergency.
6. Filled evenly to the top: a level tablespoon of the medicine.
v. lev·eled, lev·el·ing, lev·els or lev·elled or lev·el·ling
v.tr.
1.
a. To make horizontal, flat, or even: leveled the driveway with a roller; leveled off the hedges with the clippers.
b. To place on the same rank; equalize.
2.
a. To tear down (a building, for example); raze.
b. To knock down, as with a blow; lay low: leveled the opponent with an uppercut.
3.
a. To aim along a horizontal plane: leveled the gun at the target.
b. To direct emphatically or forcefully toward someone: leveled charges of dishonesty. See Synonyms at aim.
4. To measure the different elevations of (a tract of land) with a level.
v.intr.
1. To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.
2. To aim a weapon horizontally.
3. Informal To be frank and open: advised the suspect to level with the authorities.
adv.
Along a flat or even line or plane.
Phrasal Verb:
level off
1. To move toward stability or consistency: Prices leveled off.
2. To maneuver an aircraft into a flight attitude that is parallel to the surface of the earth after gaining or losing altitude.
Idioms:
(one's) level best
The best one can do in an earnest attempt: I did my level best in math class.
on the level Informal
Without deception; honest.

[Middle English, an instrument to check that a surface is horizontal, from Old French livel, from Vulgar Latin *lībellum, from Latin lībella, diminutive of lībra, balance.]

lev′el·ly adv.
lev′el·ness n.
Synonyms: level, flat1, even1, plane1, smooth, flush1
These adjectives describe surfaces without elevations or depressions. Level implies being parallel with the line of the horizon: acres of level farmland. Flat applies to surfaces without curves, protuberances, or indentations: "There were no woods behind the yard, just an expanse of flat cleared land and then a hill that sloped down into the former quarry" (Frederick Reiken).
Even refers to flat surfaces in which no part is higher or lower than another: the even surface of the mirror. Plane is a mathematical term referring to a surface containing all the straight lines connecting any two points on it: a plane figure. Smooth describes a surface on which the absence of irregularities can be established by sight or touch: smooth marble. Flush applies to a surface that is on an exact level with an adjoining one: The door is flush with the wall. See Also Synonyms at aim.
Translations

levelling

leveling (US) [ˈlevlɪŋ]
A. Nnivelación f
B. CPD levelling process Nproceso m de nivelación

levelling

[ˈlɛvəlɪŋ] (British) leveling (US) adj [process, effect] → de nivellementlevelling off (British) leveling off (US) n [economic tendency] → stabilisation flevel-pegging [ˌlɛvəlˈpɛgɪŋ] adj (British)
They were level-pegging → Ils étaient au coude à coude.level playing field n
on a level playing field → sur un pied d'égalité
to compete on a level playing field → concourir sur un pied d'égalité
to be on a level playing field → être sur un pied d'égalité, lutter à armes égales

levelling

leveling (Am) [ˈlɛvlɪŋ] adj (process, effect) → di livellamento
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Lastly, in lieu of these shifting scenes, came back the rude market-place of the Puritan, settlement, with all the townspeople assembled, and levelling their stern regards at Hester Prynne -- yes, at herself -- who stood on the scaffold of the pillory, an infant on her arm, and the letter A, in scarlet, fantastically embroidered with gold thread, upon her bosom
Levelling his glass at this sight, ahab quickly revolved in his pivot-hole, crying, aloft there, and rig whips and buckets to wet the sails; --Malays, sir, and after us
Grizzled old sailors were among the people, shaking their heads, as they looked from water to sky, and muttering to one another; ship-owners, excited and uneasy; children, huddling together, and peering into older faces; even stout mariners, disturbed and anxious, levelling their glasses at the sea from behind places of shelter, as if they were surveying an enemy.