Pronunciation: (lev'ur, lē'vur), [key]
1. Mech.a rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third. Cf. machine (def. 4b).
2. a means or agency of persuading or of achieving an end: Saying that the chairman of the board likes the plan is just a lever to get us to support it.
3. Horol.the pallet of an escapement.
to move with or apply a lever: to lever a rock; to lever mightily and to no avail.
Pronunciation: (lē'vur), [key]
Charles James (“Cornelius O'Dowd”), 1806–72, Irish novelist and essayist.
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