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Level, subst. 1) an instrument by which a line is ascertained to be horizontal: “we steal by line and l.” Tp. IV, 239. Tp. IV, 239*
2) the direction in which a missive weapon is aimed: “bring me within the l. of your frown,” Sonn. 117, 11. “not a heart which in his l. came,” Compl. 309. “proclaim myself against the l. of mine aim,” All's II, 1, 159. “out of the blank and l. of my brain, plot-proof,” Wint. II, 3, 6. “my life stands in the l. of your dreams,” III, 2, 82. “I stood in the l. of a full-charged confederacy,” H8 I, 2, 2. “shot from the deadly l. of a gun,” Rom. III, 3, 103.
3) equal elevation, state of equality: “hold their l. with thy princely heart,” H4A III, 2, 17.
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