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hand level

noun, Surveying
1.
a leveling instrument held in the hand and used for approximate work at short distances.
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  • Wooden pegs were placed at hand level here and there, and a rag rug in bright colors lay on the floor by the bed.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • “No higher than this,” retorted the gypsy, holding her hand level with her brow.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • Therefore when the latter came to the ranch, Angus took with them a hand level.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • And then a-holding of her hand level below her eyes, so that she might not discern the ground, "Is he dead?"

  • Kazu placed his hand level with an elevated balcony leading to this and we scrambled off.

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell

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