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Definitions of lever

  1. A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; -- used for transmitting and modifying force and motion. Specif., a bar of metal, wood, or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A bar of metal, etc., turning on a support (fulcrum) and raising a weight. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A bar of metal or other substance turning on a support called the fulcrum or prop, for raising weights. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Bar turning on a fulcrum, for applying power. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A bar of metal, wood, or other substance, turning on a support called the fulcrum or prop, and contrived originally to raise heavy weights; a lever-watch. Lever-watch, a watch with a lever escapement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A strong bar of iron or wood, turning on a support or prop called a fulcrum; one of the mechanical powers. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Rather. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. More agreeable; more pleasing. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for lever

  1. Guess I'll try that lever and see what happens. – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  2. And I have only to make a movement, understand what I say, a single movement, I have only to touch this lever to blow them all up, together with the house in which they are. – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
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