spirit level

spirit level
indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
Syn: ↑level
Derivationally related forms: ↑level (for: ↑level)
Hypernyms: ↑indicator
Hyponyms: ↑mason's level
Part Holonyms: ↑carpenter's level, ↑surveyor's level

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noun, pl ⋯ -vels [count]
chiefly Brit :level 5, 1

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ˈspirit level [spirit level spirit levels] (also level) noun
a glass tube partly filled with liquid, with a bubble of air inside. Spirit levels are used to test whether a surface is level, by the position of the bubble.
See also:level

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Spirit level — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spirit level — Spirit Spir it, n. [OF. espirit, esperit, F. esprit, L. spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. {Conspire}, {Expire}, {Esprit}, {Sprite}.] 1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself. [Obs.] All of spirit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spirit level — spirit levels also spirit level N COUNT A spirit level is a device for testing to see if a surface is level. It consists of a plastic, wood, or metal frame containing a glass tube of liquid with an air bubble in it …   English dictionary

  • spirit level — spirit ,level noun count MAINLY BRITISH a LEVEL for measuring how level a surface is …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spirit level — spirit .level n especially BrE a tool used for testing whether a surface is level …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spirit level — ► NOUN ▪ a device consisting of a sealed glass tube partially filled with alcohol or other liquid, containing an air bubble whose position reveals whether a surface is perfectly level …   English terms dictionary

  • spirit level — n. LEVEL (n. 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Spirit level — A spirit level or bubble level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is level or plumb. Different types of spirit levels are used by carpenters, stone masons, bricklayers, other building trades workers, surveyors, millwrights… …   Wikipedia

  • spirit level — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spirit level : singular spirit level plural spirit levels a tool for measuring how level a surface is, usually used by someone who is building something such as a house or a wall …   English dictionary

  • spirit-level — see spirit level …   English dictionary

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