# Level vs. Plane — What's the Difference?

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## Compare with Definitions

#### Level

A horizontal plane or line with respect to the distance above or below a given point
The front garden is on a level with this floor

#### Plane

(Mathematics) A surface containing all the straight lines that connect any two points on it.

#### Level

A position on a scale of amount, quantity, extent, or quality
Debt rose to unprecedented levels
A high level of unemployment

#### Plane

A flat or level surface.

#### Level

(in a video game) each of a series of stages of increasing difficulty through which a player may progress, completing one stage in order to reach the next
I've now reached level 106 on Candy Crush Saga
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#### Plane

A level of development, existence, or achievement
Scholarship on a high plane.

#### Level

An instrument marked with a line parallel to the plane of the horizon for testing whether things are horizontal.

#### Plane

An airplane or hydroplane.

#### Level

A flat tract of land
The Somerset Levels

#### Plane

A supporting surface of an airplane; an airfoil or wing.

#### Level

Having a flat, horizontal surface
We had reached level ground

#### Plane

A carpenter's tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing and leveling wood.

#### Level

At the same height as someone or something else
His eyes were level with hers

#### Plane

A trowel-shaped tool for smoothing the surface of clay, sand, or plaster in a mold.

#### Level

Having the same relative position; not in front of or behind
The car backed rapidly until it was level with me

The plane tree.

#### Level

Calm and steady
The cold, level gaze he had given her

#### Plane

(Mathematics) Of or being a figure lying in a plane
A plane curve.

#### Level

Give a flat and even surface to
Contractors started levelling the ground for the new power station

Flat; level.

#### Level

Begin to fly horizontally after climbing or diving
He quickly levelled off at 1500 ft

#### Plane

To smooth or finish with a plane
Planed the door.

#### Level

Make (something, especially a score in sport) equal or similar
Woods sliced the ball into the net to level the score
Ardsley deservedly levelled with two minutes remaining

#### Plane

To remove with a plane
Plane off the rough edges on a board.

#### Level

Aim (a weapon)
He levelled a pistol at us

#### Plane

To work with a plane.

#### Level

Be frank or honest with (someone)
When are you going to level with me?

#### Plane

To rise partly out of the water, as a hydroplane does at high speeds.

#### Level

Ascertain differences in the height of (land).

#### Plane

To soar or glide.

#### Level

Relative position or rank on a scale
The local level of government.
Studying at the graduate level.

#### Plane

To travel by airplane.

#### Level

A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration
An unsafe level of toxicity.
A high level of frustration.

#### Plane

Of a surface: flat or level.

#### Level

A natural or proper position, place, or stage
I finally found my own level in the business world.

#### Plane

A level or flat surface.

#### Level

Position along a vertical axis; height or depth
A platform at knee level.

#### Plane

(geometry) A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions (e.g. horizontal or vertical plane). Category:en:Surfaces

#### Level

A horizontal line or plane at right angles to the plumb.

#### Plane

(anatomy) An imaginary plane which divides the body into two portions.

#### Level

The position or height of such a line or plane.

#### Plane

A level of existence or development.
Astral plane

#### Level

A flat, horizontal surface.

#### Plane

A roughly flat, thin, often moveable structure used to create lateral force by the flow of air or water over its surface, found on aircraft, submarines, etc. (Compare airfoil, hydrofoil.)}}

#### Level

A land area of uniform elevation.

#### Plane

Any of 17 designated ranges of 216 (65,536) sequential code points each.

#### Level

An instrument for ascertaining whether a surface is horizontal, vertical, or at a 45° angle, consisting essentially of an encased, liquid-filled tube containing an air bubble that moves to a center window when the instrument is set on an even plane. Also called spirit level.

#### Plane

A tool for smoothing wood by removing thin layers from the surface.

#### Level

Such a device combined with a telescope and used in surveying.

#### Plane

An airplane; an aeroplane.

#### Level

A computation of the difference in elevation between two points by using such a device.

#### Plane

(entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies, of various genera, having a slow gliding flight.

#### Level

Having a flat, smooth surface
A level countertop.

#### Plane

(entomology) The butterfly Bindahara phocides, family Lycaenidae, of Asia and Australasia.

#### Level

Being on a horizontal plane
A level field.

#### Plane

(countable) A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus.

#### Level

Being at the same height or position as another; even.

#### Plane

(Northern UK) A sycamore.

#### Level

Being at the same degree of rank, standing, or advantage as another; equal.

#### Plane

To smooth (wood) with a plane.

#### Level

Being or relating to a specified rank or standing. Often used in combination
A lower-level administrator.

#### Plane

To move in a way that lifts the bow out of the water.

#### Level

Exhibiting no abrupt variations; steady
Spoke in a level tone.

#### Plane

To glide or soar.

#### Level

Rational and balanced; sensible
Came to a level appraisal of the situation.
Keeps a level head in an emergency.

#### Plane

Any tree of the genus Platanus.

#### Level

Filled evenly to the top
A level tablespoon of the medicine.

#### Plane

A surface, real or imaginary, in which, if any two points are taken, the straight line which joins them lies wholly in that surface; or a surface, any section of which by a like surface is a straight line; a surface without curvature.

#### Level

To make horizontal, flat, or even
Leveled the driveway with a roller.
Leveled off the hedges with the clippers.

#### Plane

An ideal surface, conceived as coinciding with, or containing, some designated astronomical line, circle, or other curve; as, the plane of an orbit; the plane of the ecliptic, or of the equator.

#### Level

To place on the same rank; equalize.

#### Plane

A block or plate having a perfectly flat surface, used as a standard of flatness; a surface plate.

#### Level

To tear down (a building, for example); raze.

#### Plane

A tool for smoothing boards or other surfaces of wood, for forming moldings, etc. It consists of a smooth-soled stock, usually of wood, from the under side or face of which projects slightly the steel cutting edge of a chisel, called the iron, which inclines backward, with an apperture in front for the escape of shavings; as, the jack plane; the smoothing plane; the molding plane, etc.

#### Level

To knock down, as with a blow; lay low
Leveled the opponent with an uppercut.

#### Plane

Without elevations or depressions; even; level; flat; lying in, or constituting, a plane; as, a plane surface.

#### Level

To aim along a horizontal plane
Leveled the gun at the target.

#### Plane

To make smooth; to level; to pare off the inequalities of the surface of, as of a board or other piece of wood, by the use of a plane; as, to plane a plank.

#### Level

To direct emphatically or forcefully toward someone
Leveled charges of dishonesty.

#### Plane

To efface or remove.
He planed away the names . . . written on his tables.

#### Level

To measure the different elevations of (a tract of land) with a level.

#### Plane

Figuratively, to make plain or smooth.
What student came but that you planed her path.

#### Level

To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.

#### Plane

Of a boat, to lift more or less out of the water while in motion, after the manner of a hydroplane; to hydroplane.

#### Level

To aim a weapon horizontally.

#### Plane

An aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets;
The flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane

#### Level

(Informal) To be frank and open
Advised the suspect to level with the authorities.

#### Plane

(mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape;
We will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane
Any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane

#### Level

Along a flat or even line or plane.

#### Plane

A level of existence or development;
He lived on a worldly plane

#### Level

The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.
This table isn't quite level; see how this marble rolls off it?

#### Plane

A power tool for smoothing or shaping wood

#### Level

At the same height as some reference; constructed as level with.
We tried to hang the pictures so that the bottom of the frames were level with the dark line in the wallpaper.

#### Plane

A carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood;
The cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work

#### Level

Unvaried in frequency.
His pulse has been level for 12 hours.

#### Plane

Cut or remove with or as if with a plane;
The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood

#### Level

Unvaried in volume.
His voice has been unchanged. It has been level for 12 hours.

#### Plane

Travel on the surface of water

#### Level

Calm.
He kept a level head under stress.
He kept a level gaze.

#### Plane

Make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane;
Plane the top of the door

#### Level

In the same position or rank.

#### Plane

Having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another;
A flat desk
Acres of level farmland
A plane surface

#### Level

Straightforward; direct; clear.

#### Level

Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial.
A level head; a level understanding

#### Level

(phonetics) Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection; monotonic.

#### Level

(physics) Perpendicular to a gravitational force.
The earth's oceans remain level in relation to the pull of gravity.

#### Level

A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.
Hand me the level so I can tell if this is correctly installed.

#### Level

A distance relative to a given reference elevation.
By the end of the day, we'd dug down to the level of the old basement floor.

#### Level

Degree or amount.
The sound level is much too high; this hurts my ears.
We've reached a new level of success.

#### Level

Achievement or qualification.
She achieved a high level of distinction.

#### Level

(computer science) Distance from the root node of a tree structure.

#### Level

(video games) One of several discrete segments of a game, generally increasing in difficulty and representing different locations in the game world.
It took me weeks to get to level seven.
Watch out for the next level; the bad guys there are really overpowered.

#### Level

A numeric value that quantifies a character, ability, or item's experience and power.
My half-orc barbarian reached fifth level before he was squashed by a troll.

#### Level

A floor of a multi-storey building.
Take the elevator and get off at the promenade level.

#### Level

(British) An area of almost perfectly flat land.

#### Level

A school grade or year.

#### Level

To adjust so as to make as flat or perpendicular to the ground as possible.
You can level the table by turning the pads that screw into the feet.

#### Level

To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
The hurricane leveled the forest.

#### Level

To progress to the next level.
I levelled after defeating the dragon.

#### Level

To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
He levelled an accusation of fraud at the directors.
The hunter levels the gun before taking a shot.

#### Level

To direct or impose (a penalty, fine, etc) at or upon (someone).

#### Level

(sports) To make the score of a game equal.

#### Level

(figurative) To bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.
To level all the ranks and conditions of men

#### Level

To adjust or adapt to a certain level.
To level remarks to the capacity of children

#### Level

To speak honestly and openly with.

#### Level

A line or surface to which, at every point, a vertical or plumb line is perpendicular; a line or surface which is everywhere parallel to the surface of still water; - this is the true level, and is a curve or surface in which all points are equally distant from the center of the earth, or rather would be so if the earth were an exact sphere.

#### Level

A horizontal line or plane; that is, a straight line or a plane which is tangent to a true level at a given point and hence parallel to the horizon at that point; - this is the apparent level at the given point.

#### Level

An approximately horizontal line or surface at a certain degree of altitude, or distance from the center of the earth; as, to climb from the level of the coast to the level of the plateau and then descend to the level of the valley or of the sea.
After draining of the level in Northamptonshire.
Shot from the deadly level of a gun.

#### Level

Hence, figuratively, a certain position, rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in one of several planes of different elevation.
Providence, for the most part, sets us on a level.
Somebody there of his own level.
Be the fair level of thy actions laidAs temperance wills and prudence may persuade.

#### Level

A uniform or average height; a normal plane or altitude; a condition conformable to natural law or which will secure a level surface; as, moving fluids seek a level.
When merit shall find its level.

#### Level

An instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust something with reference to a horizontal line.

#### Level

A horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a mine.

#### Level

Even; flat; having no part higher than another; having, or conforming to, the curvature which belongs to the undisturbed liquid parts of the earth's surface; as, a level field; level ground; the level surface of a pond or lake.
Ample spaces o'er the smoothAnd level pavement.

#### Level

Coinciding or parallel with the plane of the horizon; horizontal; as, the telescope is now level.

#### Level

Even with anything else; of the same height; on the same line or plane; on the same footing; of equal importance; - followed by with, sometimes by to.
Young boys and girlsAre level now with men; the odds is gone.
Everything lies level to our wish.

#### Level

Straightforward; direct; clear; open.
A very plain and level account.

#### Level

Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial; as, a level head; a level understanding. [Colloq.]

#### Level

Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.

#### Level

To make level; to make horizontal; to bring to the condition of a level line or surface; hence, to make flat or even; as, to level a road, a walk, or a garden.

#### Level

To bring to a lower level; to overthrow; to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower.
And their proud structures level with the ground.
He levels mountains and he raises plains.

#### Level

To bring to a horizontal position, as a gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct.
Bertram de Gordon, standing on the castle wall, leveled a quarrel out of a crossbow.

#### Level

Figuratively, to bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.; as, to level all the ranks and conditions of men.

#### Level

To adjust or adapt to a certain level; as, to level remarks to the capacity of children.
For all his mind on honor fixed is,To which he levels all his purposes.

#### Level

To be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with, something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit.
With such accommodation and besortAs levels with her breeding.

#### Level

To aim a gun, spear, etc., horizontally; hence, to aim or point a weapon in direct line with the mark; fig., to direct the eye, mind, or effort, directly to an object; as, he leveled a gun at the bandit and fired.
The foeman may with as great aim level at the edge of a penknife.
The glory of God and the good of his church . . . ought to be the mark whereat we also level.
She leveled at our purposes.

#### Level

A position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality;
A moderate degree of intelligence
A high level of care is required
It is all a matter of degree

#### Level

A relative position or degree of value in a graded group;
Lumber of the highest grade

#### Level

A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;
A remarkable degree of frankness
At what stage are the social sciences?

#### Level

Height above ground;
The water reached ankle level
The pictures were at the same level

#### Level

Indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid

#### Level

A flat surface at right angles to a plumb line;
Park the car on the level

#### Level

Structure consisting of a room or set of rooms comprising a single level of a multilevel building;
What level is the office on?

#### Level

An abstract place usually conceived as having depth;
A good actor communicates on several levels
A simile has at least two layers of meaning
The mind functions on many strata simultaneously

#### Level

Aim at;
Level criticism or charges at somebody

#### Level

Tear down so as to make flat with the ground;
The building was levelled

#### Level

Make level or straight;
Level the ground

#### Level

Direct into a position for use;
Point a gun
He charged his weapon at me

#### Level

Talk frankly with; lay it on the line;
I have to level with you

#### Level

Become level or even;
The ground levelled off

#### Level

Having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another;
A flat desk
Acres of level farmland
A plane surface

#### Level

Not showing abrupt variations;
Spoke in a level voice
She gave him a level look

#### Level

Being on a precise horizontal plane;
A billiard table must be level

#### Level

Oriented at right angles to the plumb;
The picture is level

#### Level

Of the score in a contest;
The score is tied

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