- 1A rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to help move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other.More example sentences
- In Book II Heron discusses lifting heavy objects with a lever, a pulley, a wedge, or a screw.
- One lever ‘set’ consists of two rigid levers and four deflectable lever pairs of different length, any of which can be used for the experiment.
- This can happen through leverage by rigid levers, or it can occur in pliant hydrostatic cylinders of constant volume.
- 1.1A projecting arm or handle that is moved to operate a mechanism: she pulled a lever at the base of the cageMore example sentences
handle, grip, pull, switch
- For convenience and safety, some skid-steer loader manufacturers mount switches on the steering control grips or levers to control these multifunctional tools.
- Dr. Zamia pulled a lever with a red handle, and the hum evolved into a loud roar.
- Most excavator operators find it easier to operate levers, switches, and other controls with their hands or fingers rather than the ball or heel of their foot.
- 1.2A means of exerting pressure on someone to act in a particular way: rich countries increasingly use foreign aid as a lever to promote political pluralismMore example sentences
- Appointed officials, rather than elected ones, control the levers of real power.
- They are the unelected bankers, media barons and industry chiefs who control the crucial levers of power.
- First of all, the most powerful lever for change has to do with the quality of the teacher.
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- 1Lift or move with a lever: she levered the lid off the pot with a screwdriverMore example sentences
- Once inside, the lock was broken on the church door, which was levered open.
- Firefighters did their best to coax Kaitlin out too, but were forced to lever open the door.
- She called the police, woke her husband and the couple then watched as Townsend tried to lever open the door.
- 1.1Move (someone or something) with a concerted physical effort: she levered herself up against the pillowsMore example sentences
- As you try to lever them into position, they seem to suddenly sprout extra limbs to match the extra decibels they are producing.
- Once in his stall, as soon as Adam had removed his saddle, he sank carefully to his knees and levered his body down into the straw, grunting bravely.
- Wincing in pain, she levered her leg up onto a branch and leaned back, trying to regain her strength for her final run.
- 1.3Pressurize (someone) to do something: another sticking point is the money that will be required to lever the unions into accepting a dealMore example sentences
- In that case, we're actually levering the player's imagination as a co-processor to fill in the blanks where the computer is weak.
- Modernisation of the profession and an increase in working hours to cover career development is still a sticking point, as is the money that will be required to lever the unions into accepting a deal.
- They are going to have to take it because it is the right one to take, and the government should not allow them to lever out more concessions.
Middle English: from Old French levier, leveor, from lever 'to lift'.