Leverage of a couple(Mech.), the perpendicular distance between the lines of action of two forces which act in parallel and opposite directions.Leverage of a force, the perpendicular distance from the line in which a force acts upon a body to a point about which the body may be supposed to turn.

(Lev"er*et) n. [F. levraut, dim. of lièvre hare, L. lepus. Cf. Leporine.] (Zoöl.) A hare in the first year of its age.

(Lev"er*ock) n. [See Lark.] A lark. [Scot.]

(Lev"er*wood`) n. (Bot.) The American hop hornbeam a small tree with very tough wood.

(Lev"e*sel) n. [AS. leáf a leaf + sæl, sel, a room, a hall.] A leafy shelter; a place covered with foliage. [Obs.]

Behind the mill, under a levesel.

(Lev"et) n. [Cf. F. lever to raise.] A trumpet call for rousing soldiers; a reveille. [Obs.] Hudibras.

(Lev"i*a*ble) a. [From Levy to assess.] Fit to be levied; capable of being assessed and collected; as, sums leviable by course of law. Bacon.

(Le*vi"a*than) n. [Heb. livyathan.]

1. An aquatic animal, described in the book of Job, ch. xli., and mentioned in other passages of Scripture.

It is not certainly known what animal is intended, whether the crocodile, the whale, or some sort of serpent.

2. The whale, or a great whale. Milton.

(Lev"i*er) n. One who levies. Cartwright.

(Lev"i*ga*ble) a. [See Levigate, v. t.] Capable of being levigated.

(Lev"i*gate) a. [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to lighten, fr. levis light.] Made less harsh or burdensome; alleviated. [Obs.] Sir T. Elyot.

(Lev"i*gate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Levigated (- ga`ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Levigating.] [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to make smooth, fr. levis smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os.] To make smooth in various senses: (a) To free from grit; to reduce to an impalpable powder or paste. (b) To mix thoroughly, as liquids or semiliquids. (c) To polish. (d) To make smooth in action. " When use hath levigated the organs." Barrow. (e) Technically, to make smooth by rubbing in a moist condition between hard surfaces, as in grinding pigments.

(Lev"i*gate) a. [L. levigatus, p. p.] Made smooth, as if polished.

(Lev`i*ga"tion) n. [L. levigatio a smoothing: cf. F. lévigation.] The act or operation of levigating.

(Lev"in) n. [Etymol. uncertain. Cf. Leven.] Lightning. [Obs.] Spenser.

Levin brand, a thunderbolt. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Lev"in*er) n. (Zoöl.) A swift hound.

(Le"vir) n. [L.] A husband's brother; — used in reference to levirate marriages.

(Lev"er*age) (lev"er*aj or le"ver*aj), n. The action of a lever; mechanical advantage gained by the lever.

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