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Definition of Lever


  1. More agreeable; more pleasing.
  2. Rather.
  3. 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.
  4. A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
  5. An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.

Lever Quotations

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
Thomas J. Watson

Since narcissism is fueled by a greater need to be admired than to be liked, psychologists might use that fact as a therapeutic lever - stressing to patients that being known as a narcissist will actually cause them to lose the respect and social status they crave.
Jeffrey Kluger

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
Thomas Jefferson

He was thinking alone, and seriously racking his brain to find a direction for this single force four times multiplied, with which he did not doubt, as with the lever for which Archimedes sought, they should succeed in moving the world, when some one tapped gently at his door.
Alexandre Dumas
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Lever Translations

lever in Afrikaans is optrek
lever in Dutch is beuren, heffen, oprichten, ophalen
lever in Finnish is nostaa
lever in French is lever, levier
lever in German is Hebel
lever in Italian is leva
lever in Norwegian is spak, jekke, vektstang
lever in Portuguese is alavanca
lever in Spanish is levantar, palanca
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