(Le*va"tion) n. [L. levatio.] The act of raising; elevation; upward motion, as that produced by
the action of a levator muscle.
(Le*va"tor) n. [NL., fr. L. levare to raise. See Lever, n.]
1. (Anat.) A muscle that serves to raise some part, as the lip or the eyelid.
2. (Surg.) A surgical instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.
(Leve) a. Dear. See Lief. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Leve), n. & v. Same as 3d & 4th Leave. [Obs.]
(Leve), v. i. To live. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Leve), v. t. [OE., fr. AS. lefan, abbrev. fr. gelefan. See Believe.] To believe. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Leve), v. t. [OE. leven, AS. lefan, lyfan. See Leave permission.] To grant; used esp. in
exclamations or prayers followed by a dependent clause. [Obs.]
God leve all be well.Chaucer.
(Lev"ee) (lev"e; often lev*e" in U. S.), n. [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever,
1. The act of rising. " The sun's levee." Gray.
2. A morning assembly or reception of visitors, in distinction from a soirée, or evening assembly; a
matinée; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime
or evening; as, the president's levee.
In England a ceremonious day reception, when attended by both ladies and gentlemen, is called a drawing-
(Lev"ee), v. t. To attend the levee or levees of.
He levees all the great.Young.
(Lev"ee), n. [F. levée, fr. lever to raise. See Lever, and cf. Levy.] An embankment to prevent
inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river. [U. S.]
(Lev"ee), v. t. To keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a river. [U. S.]
Levée en masse
(||Le*vée" en` masse") (le*va" äN` mas"). [F.] See Levy in mass, under Levy, n.
(Leve"ful) a. [Leve, n. + -ful.] Allowable; permissible; lawful. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lev"el) n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level,
dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. Librate, Libella.]
1. A line or surface to which, at every point, a vertical or plumb line is perpendicular; a line or surface
which is everywhere parallel to the surface of still water; this is the true level, and is a curve or surface
in which all points are equally distant from the center of the earth, or rather would be so if the earth
were an exact sphere.
2. A horizontal line or plane; that is, a straight line or a plane which is tangent to a true level at a given
point and hence parallel to the horizon at that point; this is the apparent level at the given point.