(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.

(Lev"ee) (lev"e; often lev*e" in U. S.), n. [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever, n.]

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- room.

(Lev"ee), v. t. To attend the levee or levees of.

He levees all the great.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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