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Prise vs Lever - What's the difference?

prise | lever | Synonyms |

In obsolete terms the difference between prise and lever

is that prise is an enterprise while lever is rather.

As an adverb lever is




Alternative forms

* (verb) prize


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) An enterprise.
  • (Spenser)
  • See also

    * price


  • To force (open) with a lever; to pry.
  • 1919: I think he must have been trying to prise open that box yonder when he was attacked. — , The Quest of the Sacred Slipper
    c. 1925: Come, force the gates with crowbars, prise them apart! — Jack Lindsay, translation of Lysistrata
    2004: Most people used pliers, scissors, rubber gloves and knives to try to prise open products. — BBC News


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    (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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