toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

levee
used in Gulliver's Travels

3 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
an embankment (wall or slope) that is built to prevent a river from overflowing
  • ...honest and modest, with some tincture of common sense, and Smithfield blazing with pyramids of law books; the young nobility's education entirely changed; the physicians banished; the female Yahoos abounding in virtue, honour, truth, and good sense; courts and levees of great ministers thoroughly weeded and swept; wit, merit, and learning rewarded; all disgracers of the press in prose and verse condemned to eat nothing but their own cotton, and quench their thirst with their own ink.
    Introductory Sections (57% in)
  • ] I used to attend the king's levee once or twice a week, and had often seen him under the barber's hand, which indeed was at first very terrible to behold; for the razor was almost twice as long as an ordinary scythe.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (62% in)
  • ...same doctor proposed, "that whoever attended a first minister, after having told his business, with the utmost brevity and in the plainest words, should, at his departure, give the said minister a tweak by the nose, or a kick in the belly, or tread on his corns, or lug him thrice by both ears, or run a pin into his breech; or pinch his arm black and blue, to prevent forgetfulness; and at every levee day, repeat the same operation, till the business were done, or absolutely refused."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (54% in)

There are no more uses of "levee" in Gulliver's Travels.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®