- Noun: lever levur [N. Amer], leevu(r) [Brit]
- A rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
- A simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
- A flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
- lever tumbler
- 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
Part of: lever lock
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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- put the gear lever in the neutral position.
- pity is a lever for quickening love.
- mr. lever had never before fallen so low as this.
- he employed his knife as a lever.
- the animals learned to press switch levers with their paws.