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Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old French levier.

Adverb

lever

  1. (obsolete) Rather. —Chaucer.
    For lever had I die than see his deadly face. —Spenser

Noun

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Singular
lever

Plural
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  1. (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. Specif., 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.
  2. (mechanics) A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
  3. (mechanics) An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.

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Verb

Infinitive
to lever

Third person singular
levers

Simple past
levered

Past participle
levered

Present participle
levering

to lever (third-person singular simple present levers, present participle levering, simple past and past participle levered)
  1. To move with a lever.
    With great effort and a big crowbar I managed to lever the beam off the floor.

Derived terms

  • Compound lever: a machine consisting of two or more levers acting upon each other.
  • Lever escapement: See escapement.
  • Lever jack: See Jack
  • Lever watch: a watch having a vibrating lever to connect the action of the escape wheel with that of the balance.
  • Universal lever: a machine formed by a combination of a lever with the wheel and axle, in such a manner as to convert the reciprocating motion of the lever into a continued rectilinear motion of some body to which the power is applied.

Danish

Noun

lever

  1. liver

Dutch

Noun

lever

  1. liver

Verb

lever

  1. simple present 1st person singular of leveren
  2. imperative of leveren

French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] levare (to elevate) < levis (light, not heavy)

Pronunciation

Verb

lever

  1. to raise, to lift

Conjugation

  • This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ before a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il lève rather than *il leve. Other verbs conjugated this way include acheter and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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Hungarian

Etymology

le- + ver

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈlɛvɛr/
  • Hyphenation: le‧ver

Verb

lever

  1. knock down

Latin

Verb

lēver

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of lēvō.

Norwegian

Noun

lever m. (definite singular leveren; indefinite plural levere; definite plural leverne)

  1. liver

Verb

lever

  1. present tense of leve

Swedish

Inflection for lever Singular Plural
Common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative lever levern levrar levrarna
Genitive levers leverns levrars levrarnas

Pronunciation

Noun

lever

  1. liver

Verb

lever

  1. present tense of leva

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