Associations to the word «Lever»


LEVER, noun. (mechanics)   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.
LEVER, noun. Specifically, 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.
LEVER, noun. A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).
LEVER, noun. (mechanics)   A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
LEVER, noun. (mechanics)   An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.
LEVER, verb. (transitive) To move with a lever.
LEVER, verb. (figuratively) (transitive) To use, operate like a lever.
LEVER, verb. (chiefly UK) (finance) To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.
LEVER, adverb. (obsolete) Rather.
LEVER, noun. (rare) A levee.
LEVER ACTION, noun. A type of firearm action which uses a lever located around the trigger guard area, to load fresh cartridges into the chamber when the lever is worked.
LEVER ARM, noun. (physics) The distance between the point of application of a force and the axis

Dictionary definition

LEVER, noun. A rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum.
LEVER, noun. A simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum.
LEVER, noun. A flat metal tumbler in a lever lock.
LEVER, verb. To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail".

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