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As a noun lever

is (mechanics)   a rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum ), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; — used for transmitting and modifying force and motion or lever can be (rare) a levee.

As a verb lever

is to move with a.

As an adverb lever

is (obsolete) rather.



(wikipedia lever)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) leveor, ; see levant. Compare alleviate, elevate, leaven.


(en noun)
  • (mechanics)   A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum ), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; — used for transmitting and modifying force and motion.
  • # Specifically, a bar of metal, wood or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures.
  • A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).
  • (mechanics)   A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Henry Petroski) , title=Opening Doors , volume=100, issue=2, page=112-3 , magazine= citation , passage=A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers , with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.}}
  • (mechanics)   An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.
  • Verb

  • To move with a .
  • ''With great effort and a big crowbar I managed to lever the beam off the floor.
  • (figuratively) To use, operate like a .
  • To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.
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  • Derived terms

    * leverage * compound lever * lever escapement * lever jack * lever watch * universal lever

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) comparative of of Germanic origin (compare German lieb) or lief.


  • (obsolete) Rather.
  • * 1530 , , The Four PP
  • for I had lever be without ye / Then have suche besines about ye
  • * 1537 ,
  • Now therefore take my life from me, for I had lever die then live.
  • * 1590 ,
  • For lever had I die than see his deadly face.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) lever.


    (en noun)
  • (rare) A levee.
  • * 1742 , Miss Robinson, Mrs. Delany's Letters , II.191:
  • We do not appear at Phœbus's Levér .
  • * 2011 , Tim Blanning, "The reinvention of the night", Times Literary Supplement , 21 Sep 2011:
  • Louis XIV’s day began with a lever at 9 and ended (officially) at around midnight.


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    (Han Empire)(Han Chinese)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) Chinese , from the dynasty founder 's Hanzhong Commandery, headquartered at a city which also became known as [[w:Hanzhong, Hanzhong

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • An imperial Chinese dynasty, ruling (with interruptions) from 206 BC to AD 220, marked by the expansion of the Yellow River's Huaxia culture to the recent conquests of the Qin and a flowering of economic, literary, and scientific development
  • The Chinese ethnicity, when distinguished from other peoples of the Chinese state
  • Synonyms

    * Han Chinese (ethnicity )

    Derived terms

    * Han character * Han ideograph * Han letter * Han logograph * Han radical * Han syllable

    See also

    * Chinese character * Chinese ideograph * Chinese letter * Chinese logogram * Chinese radical * Chinese syllable

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) Chinese , an ancient Chinese placename

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • An ancient Chinese county, viscounty, and kingdom of the Zhou dynasty and the Qin–Han interregnum
  • The realm of this former state under other rulers
  • (astronomy) The star in traditional Chinese astronomy, named for this state
  • Anagrams

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