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lever
diagram of the three types of levers, showing fulcrum, direction of effort, and direction of force of the load (or resistance)
top: a crowbar
center: a wheelbarrow
bottom: a shovel

lev·er

 (lĕv′ər, lē′vər)
n.
1. A simple machine consisting of a rigid bar pivoted on a fixed point and used to transmit force, as in raising or moving a weight at one end by pushing down on the other.
2. A projecting handle used to adjust or operate a mechanism.
3. A means of accomplishing; a tool: used friendship as a lever to obtain advancement.
tr.v. lev·ered, lev·er·ing, lev·ers
1. To move or lift with a lever: levered up the manhole cover.
2. To move (oneself, for example) in a manner resembling the use of a lever: "[He] levered himself out the window all the way to his waist" (Stephen King).
3. To fund at least in part with borrowed money; leverage.

[Middle English, from Old French levier, from lever, to raise, from Latin levāre, from levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

lever

(ˈliːvə)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum, used to transfer a force to a load and usually to provide a mechanical advantage
2. (Mechanical Engineering) any of a number of mechanical devices employing this principle
3. a means of exerting pressure in order to accomplish something; strategic aid
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) to prise or move (an object) with a lever
[C13: from Old French leveour, from lever to raise, from Latin levāre, from levis light]
ˈlever-ˌlike adj

lev•er

(ˈlɛv ər, ˈli vər)
n.
1. a rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third.
2. a means or agency of persuading or of achieving an end.
v.t.
3. to move or lift with or as if with a lever.
v.i.
4. to use a lever.
[1250–1300; Middle English levere, levour for *lever < Anglo-French; Old French levier=lev(er) to lift (< Latin levāre to lighten, lift) + -ier -ier2]

lev·er

(lĕv′ər)
A simple machine consisting of a bar that pivots on a fixed support, the fulcrum, and is used to transmit force. For example, a lever with the fulcrum positioned between the two ends can raise or move a heavy weight at one end as the bar is pushed down at the other. See more at fulcrum.

lever


Past participle: levered
Gerund: levering

Imperative
lever
lever
Present
I lever
you lever
he/she/it levers
we lever
you lever
they lever
Preterite
I levered
you levered
he/she/it levered
we levered
you levered
they levered
Present Continuous
I am levering
you are levering
he/she/it is levering
we are levering
you are levering
they are levering
Present Perfect
I have levered
you have levered
he/she/it has levered
we have levered
you have levered
they have levered
Past Continuous
I was levering
you were levering
he/she/it was levering
we were levering
you were levering
they were levering
Past Perfect
I had levered
you had levered
he/she/it had levered
we had levered
you had levered
they had levered
Future
I will lever
you will lever
he/she/it will lever
we will lever
you will lever
they will lever
Future Perfect
I will have levered
you will have levered
he/she/it will have levered
we will have levered
you will have levered
they will have levered
Future Continuous
I will be levering
you will be levering
he/she/it will be levering
we will be levering
you will be levering
they will be levering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been levering
you have been levering
he/she/it has been levering
we have been levering
you have been levering
they have been levering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been levering
you will have been levering
he/she/it will have been levering
we will have been levering
you will have been levering
they will have been levering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been levering
you had been levering
he/she/it had been levering
we had been levering
you had been levering
they had been levering
Conditional
I would lever
you would lever
he/she/it would lever
we would lever
you would lever
they would lever
Past Conditional
I would have levered
you would have levered
he/she/it would have levered
we would have levered
you would have levered
they would have levered

lever


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A rigid bar turned about a fixed point (fulcrum) to support or move a load; a simple form of machine.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lever - a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrumlever - a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
bar - a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
compound lever - a pair of levers hinged at the fulcrum
crowbar, pry, pry bar, wrecking bar - a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
fulcrum - the pivot about which a lever turns
gun trigger, trigger - lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
hand throttle - a hand-operated lever that controls the throttle valve
key - a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
cant dog, dog hook, peavey, peavy - a stout lever with a sharp spike; used for handling logs
foot lever, foot pedal, treadle, pedal - a lever that is operated with the foot
pinch bar - a lever with a pointed projection that serves as a fulcrum; used to roll heavy wheels
ripping bar - a steel lever with one end formed into a ripping chisel and the other a gooseneck with a claw for pulling nails
rocker arm, valve rocker - a lever pivoted at the center; used especially to push a valve down in an internal-combustion engine
spark lever - (on early automobiles) a lever mounted on the steering column and used to adjust the timing of the ignition
control stick, joystick, stick - a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
tappet - a lever that is moved in order to tap something else
tiller - lever used to turn the rudder on a boat
tire iron, tire tool - hand tool consisting of a lever that is used to force the casing of a pneumatic tire onto a steel wheel
2.lever - a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
simple machine, machine - a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
3.lever - a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
lever lock - a lock whose tumblers are levers that must be raised to a given position so that the bolt can move
tumbler - a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
Verb1.lever - to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
open, open up - cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"

lever

noun
1. handle, bar, crowbar, jemmy, handspike Robert leaned lightly on the lever and the rock groaned.
verb
1. prise, move, force, raise, pry (U.S.), jemmy Neighbours eventually levered the door open with a crowbar.
Translations
رافِعَه، مُخلعَتَلَةٌوَسيلَة تَشْغيليَرْفَع، يُحَرِّك
pákapáčitpáčka
håndtagløftestangstangvippe
vipu
poluga
emelõemelõvel emel
lyfta meî vogaraflistöng, handfangvogarstöng; lyftistöng
レバー
조종간
poveikio galiasvertassverto keliamoji galiasvirties keliamoji galia
celt ar svirusviravadības svira
páčkapákapodvážiť
stikalovzvod
poluga
spak
คันโยก
kollevyemanivelâkaldıraçkaldıraç ile oynatmak
đòn bẩy

lever

[ˈliːvəʳ]
A. N (gen, fig) → palanca f
B. VT to lever sth up/out/offlevantar/sacar/quitar algo con palanca

lever

[ˈliːvər]
n
[machine] → levier m gear lever
(= bar) (used for leverage)levier m tyre lever
(fig)levier m
to be used as a lever
Strikes may be used as a political lever → Les grèves peuvent servir de levier politique.
vt
to lever sth up → soulever qch au moyen d'un levier
She levered open the door with a crowbar → Elle força la porte avec un pied-de-biche.

lever

[, (US)]
nHebel m; (= crowbar)Brechstange f; (fig)Druckmittel nt; that should give us a lever (fig)das können wir als Druckmittel benutzen
vt(hoch)stemmen, mit einem Hebel/einer Brechstange (an)heben; he levered the machine-part into placeer hob das Maschinenteil durch Hebelwirkung an seinen Platz; he levered the box opener stemmte die Kiste auf; he levered himself onto the ledgeer hievte sich auf den Felsvorsprung (hoch); he seems to have levered himself into a position of powerer scheint sich in eine Machtposition manövriert zu haben

lever

[ˈliːvəʳ, ɒm ˈlɛvəʳ]
1. n (also) (fig) → leva
2. vt to lever sth up/off/outsollevare/togliere/estrarre qc (con una leva)

lever

(ˈliːvə) , ((American) ˈlevər) noun
1. a bar of wood, metal etc used to lift heavy weights. A crowbar is a kind of lever; You must use a coin as a lever to get the lid of that tin off.
2. a bar or handle for operating a machine etc. This is the lever that switches on the power.
verb
to move with or as if with a lever. He levered the lid off with a coin.
ˈleverage (-ridʒ) noun
1. the power gained by the use of a lever.
2. power that can be used to influence someone's actions or decisions. The public has some leverage with their representatives in the Senate.

lever

عَتَلَةٌ páka stang Hebel μοχλός palanca vipu levier poluga leva レバー 조종간 hefboom spak dźwignia alavanca рычаг spak คันโยก kol đòn bẩy 杠杆
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The instant the animal had fallen, the "knocker" passed on to another; while a second man raised a lever, and the side of the pen was raised, and the animal, still kicking and struggling, slid out to the "killing bed.
He and Miss Wilson took the liberty of falling in love with each other--at least Tedo and I thought so; we surprised sundry tender glances and sighs which we interpreted as tokens of 'la belle passion,' and I promise you the public soon had the benefit of our discovery; we employed it as a sort of lever to hoist our dead-weights from the house.
I was going out at my door on the morning after that deplorable day of headache, sickness, and repentance, with an odd confusion in my mind relative to the date of my dinner-party, as if a body of Titans had taken an enormous lever and pushed the day before yesterday some months back, when I saw a ticket-porter coming upstairs, with a letter in his hand.
That she had dropped into the last coma which would end in death, if the air supply remained unreplenished, I well knew, and so, throwing caution to the winds, I flung overboard everything but the engine and compass, even to my ornaments, and lying on my belly along the deck with one hand on the steering wheel and the other pushing the speed lever to its last notch I split the thin air of dying Mars with the speed of a meteor.
Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another.
He was thinking by himself, and even seriously racking his brain to find a direction for this single force four times multiplied, with which he did not doubt, as with the lever for which Archimedes sought, they should succeed in moving the world, when someone tapped gently at his door.
Something was at work on the other side of the wall; the prisoner had discovered the danger, and had substituted a lever for a chisel.
All the skill and exertions of Antonio to prevent their backing was useless, and carriage and horses would inevitably have gone off the bank together, had not Charles, with admirable presence of mind, opened a door, and springing out, placed a billet of wood, which had been used as a base for a lever in lifting the broken wagon, under one of the wheels.
It hangs from the ship's side at the end of a heavy, projecting timber called the cat-head, in the bight of a short, thick chain whose end link is suddenly released by a blow from a top-maul or the pull of a lever when the order is given.
The square o' four is sixteen, and you must lengthen your lever in proportion to your weight, is as true when a man's miserable as when he's happy; and the best o' working is, it gives you a grip hold o' things outside your own lot.
When the ash was cut and fashioned into the shape of a lever, the three men penetrated into the vault.
But now that her soul was laid open to me, now that I was compelled to share the privacy of her motives, to follow all the petty devices that preceded her words and acts, she found herself powerless with me, except to produce in me the chill shudder of repulsion--powerless, because I could be acted on by no lever within her reach.