lever meaning

[ 'li:və, 'levə ] Pronunciation:   "lever" in a sentence
  • Noun: lever  levur [N. Amer], leevu(r) [Brit]
    1. A rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum 
    2. A simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum 
    3. A flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
      - lever tumbler
    Verb: lever  levur [N. Amer], leevu(r) [Brit]
    1. To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
      - pry, prise [Brit, Cdn], prize [N. Amer], jimmy [N. Amer], jemmy

    Derived forms: levered, levering, levers

    See also: leverage

    Type of: bar, machine, open, open up, simple machine, tumbler

    Part of: lever lock

    Encyclopedia: Lever Lever, Portugal Lever, Vila Nova de Gaia

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, verb

    noun [C]


    a handle used to operate a piece of machinery or a vehicle:

    Pull the lever towards you to start the machine.


    an action or thing that is used to persuade sb to do sth:

    The company used every possible lever to secure the deal.

    a powerful lever for change

    verb [+ obj]

    to move sth with a lever

    : (figurative) The government is hoping to lever money from private investors for the project.


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  1. put the gear lever in the neutral position.
  2. pity is a lever for quickening love.
  3. mr. lever had never before fallen so low as this.
  4. he employed his knife as a lever.
  5. the animals learned to press switch levers with their paws.

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