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Having a dropsical habit of body with a white bloated skin.


A variety of trachyte.

LEU-CO'THI-OP, n. [See Leuco-ethiopic.]

An albino of a black race.

LEU'THRITE, n. [from Leuthra in Saxony.]

A substance that appears to be a recomposed rock, of a loose texture, gritty and harsh to the touch. Its color is a grayish white, tinged here and there with an ocherous brown. It includes small fragments of mica. – Phillips.

LE'VANT, a. [Fr. levant, rising, from lever, L. levo.]

Eastern; denoting the part of the hemisphere where the sun rises. Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds. – Milton.

LE-VANT', n. [It. levante, the East, supra.]

Properly, a country to the eastward; but appropriately, the countries of Turkey, Syria, Asia Minor, Greece, Egypt, which are washed by the Mediterranean and its contiguous waters.


  1. A strong easterly wind in the Mediterranean.
  2. One who bets at a horse race, and runs away without paying the wager lost.


  1. Pertaining to the Levant. – D'Anville.
  2. Designating a particular kind of silk cloth.


A particular kind of silk cloth.

LE-VA'TOR, n. [L. from levo, to raise.]

  1. In anatomy, a muscle that serves to raise some part, as the lip or the eyelid.
  2. A surgical instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull. – Wiseman.

LEVE, v. [for Believe. Obs.]

– Gower.

LEV'EE, n. [Fr. from lever, to raise, L. levo.]

  1. The time of rising.
  2. The concourse of persons who visit a prince or great personage in the morning. – Johnson.
  3. A bank or causey, particularly along a river to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi.

LEV'EL, a. [Sax. læfel, id; W. llyvn, smooth, even, level, sleek, slippery; llyvelu, to level, to render uniform, to devise, invent, guess; llyvnu, to make smooth. This seems to be connected with llyvu, to lick. So like, D. gelyk, G. gleich, is smooth, even, level, equal, coinciding with Eng. sleek. The L. libella, libra, belong to this root; It. livella.]

  1. Horizontal; coinciding with the plane of the horizon. To be perfectly lord, is to be exactly horizontal.
  2. Even; flat; not having one part higher than another; not ascending or descending; as, a level plain or field; level ground; a level floor or pavement. In common usage, level is often applied to surfaces that are not perfectly horizontal, but which have no inequalities of magnitude.
  3. Even with any thing else; of the same highth; on the same line or plane.
  4. Equal in rank or degree; having no degree of superiority. Be level in preferments, and you will soon be as level in your learning. – Bentley.

LEV'EL, n.

  1. A horizontal line, or a plane; a surface without inequalities. – Hale.
  2. Rate; standard; usual elevation; customary highth; as, the ordinary level of the world.
  3. Equal elevation with something else; a state of equality. Providence, for the must part, sets us on a level. – Spectator.
  4. The line of direction in which a missile weapon is aimed.
  5. An instrument in mechanics by which to find or draw horizontal line, as in setting buildings, or in making canals and drains. The instruments for these purposes are various; as the air level, the carpenter's level, the mason's level and the gunner's level.
  6. Rule; plan; scheme; borrowed from the mechanical level. Be the fair level of thy actions laid. – Prior.

LEV'EL, v.i.

  1. To accord; to agree; to suit. [Little used.] Shak.
  2. To aim at; to point a gun or an arrow to the mark.
  3. To aim at; to direct the view or purpose. The glory of God and the good of his church, ought to be the mark at which we level. – Hooker.
  4. To be aimed; to be in the same direction with the mark. He raised it till he level'd right. – Butler.
  5. To aim; to make attempts. Ambitious York did level at thy crown. – Shak.
  6. To conjecture; to attempt to guess. [Not used.] – Shak.

LEV'EL, v.t.

  1. To make horizontal.
  2. To make even; to reduce or remove inequalities of surface in any thing; as, to level a road or walk.
  3. To reduce or bring to the same highth with something else. And their proud structures level with the ground. – Sandys.
  4. To lay flat; to reduce to an even surface or plane. He levels mountains, and he raises plains. – Dryden.
  5. To reduce to equality of condition, state or degree; as, to level all ranks and degrees of men.
  6. To point, in taking aim; to elevate or depress so as to direct a missile weapon to an object; to aim; as, to level a cannon or musket.
  7. To aim; to direct; as, severe remarks leveled at the vices and follies of the age.
  8. To suit; to proportion; as, to level observations to the capacity of children.

LEV'EL-ED, pp.

  1. Reduced to a plane; made even.
  2. Reduced to an equal state, condition or rank.
  3. Reduced to an equality with something else.
  4. Elevated or depressed to a right line toward something; pointed to an object; directed to a mark.
  5. Suited; proportioned.


  1. One that levels or makes even.
  2. One that destroys or attempts to destroy distinctions, and reduce to equality.


The art or practice of finding a horizontal line, or of ascertaining the different elevations of objects the surface of the earth; in other words, the difference in the distance of objects from the center of the earth. – Encyc.

LEV'EL-ING, ppr.

  1. Making level or even.
  2. Reducing to an equality of condition.


  1. Evenness; equality of surface.
  2. Equality with something else.

LEV'EN, n. [See LEAVEN.]

LEV'EN, n. [Sax. hlifian.]

Lightning. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

LEV'ER, n. [Fr. levier; It. leva; from lever, levare, L. levo, to raise.]

In mechanics, a bar of metal, wood, or other substance, turning on a support called the fulcrum or prop. Its arms are equal as in the balance; or unequal, as in steelyards. It is one of the mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, viz. 1. When the fulcrum is between the weight and the power, as in a handspike, crowbar, &c. 2. When the weight is between the power and the fulcrum, as in rowing a boat; 3. When the power is between the weight and the fulcrum, as in raising a ladder from the ground, by applying the hands to one of the lower rounds. The bones of animals are levers of the third kind.

LEV'ER-ET, n. [Fr. lievret, from lievre, a hare.]

A hare in the first year of her age.