lever

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
lever

Plural
levers

How a lever works
  1. A lever is a simple tool, a bar resting on a fixed point. If one end of the bar is pushed, the force is used at the other end.
    A see-saw in a childrens' playground is a simple lever.
  2. A lever is a long handle used to operate a machine.
    The signalman pulled on the lever to change the railway signals.
  3. Lever is to use something to do something else.
    He used his charm as a lever to get past the guards at the gate.

Verb[change]

Plain form
lever

Third-person singular
levers

Past tense
levered

Past participle
levered

Present participle
levering

  1. (transitive) To lever is to move or lift something with lever.
    She used a long pole to lever the large rock out of the way.

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