Lever vs. Pull

Lever vs. Pull — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Lever and Pull

Levernoun

A simple machine consisting of a rigid bar pivoted on a fixed point and used to transmit force, as in raising or moving a weight at one end by pushing down on the other.

Pullverb

To apply force to (something) so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force

pulled her chair up to the table.pulled the wagon down the street.

Levernoun

A projecting handle used to adjust or operate a mechanism.

Pullverb

To remove from a fixed position; extract

The dentist pulled the tooth.

Levernoun

A means of accomplishing; a tool

used friendship as a lever to obtain advancement.

Pullverb

To tug at; jerk or tweak

I pulled the lever until it broke.

Leververb

To move or lift with a lever

levered up the manhole cover.

Pullverb

To rip or tear; rend

The dog pulled the toy to pieces.

Leververb

To move (oneself, for example) in a manner resembling the use of a lever

"[He] levered himself out the window all the way to his waist" (Stephen King).

Pullverb

To stretch (taffy, for example) repeatedly.

Leververb

To fund at least in part with borrowed money; leverage.

Pullverb

To strain (a muscle, for example) injuriously.

Levernoun

A crowbar.

Pullverb

(Informal) To attract; draw

a performer who pulls large crowds.

Levernoun

(mechanics) 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.

Pullverb

(Slang) To draw out (a weapon) in readiness for use

pull a gun.pulled a knife on me.

Levernoun

Specifically, 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.

Pullverb

(Informal) To remove

pulled the car's engine.pulled the tainted meat product from the stores.

Levernoun

A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).

Pullverb

(Sports) To hit (a ball) so that it moves in the direction away from the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the left of a right-handed player.

Levernoun

(mechanics) A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.

Pullverb

To operate (an oar) in rowing.

Levernoun

(mechanics) An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.

Pullverb

To transport or propel by rowing.

Levernoun

(rare) A levee.

Pullverb

To be rowed by

That boat pulls six oars.

Leververb

(transitive) To move with a lever.

With great effort and a big crowbar I managed to lever the beam off the floor.

Pullverb

To rein in (a horse) to keep it from winning a race.

Leververb

To use, operate or move (something) like a lever (physically).

Pullverb

(Printing) To produce (a print or an impression) from type.

Leververb

To use (something) like a lever (in an abstract sense).

Pullverb

To exert force in moving something toward the source of the force

Pull harder and the window will open.

Leververb

To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.

Pullverb

To move in a certain direction or toward a certain goal

pulled into the driveway.pulled even with the race leader.

Leveradverb

(obsolete) Rather.

Pullverb

To gain a position closer to an objective

Our team has pulled within three points of the league leader.

Levernoun

a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

Pullverb

To drink or inhale deeply

pulled on the cold beer with gusto.pull on a cigarette.

Levernoun

a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum

Pullverb

(Nautical) To row a boat.

Levernoun

a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock

Pullverb

(Informal) To express or feel great sympathy or empathy

We're pulling for our new president.

Leververb

to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open;

The burglar jimmied the lockRaccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail

Pullnoun

The act or process of pulling

gave the drawer a pull.

Pullnoun

Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling

How much pull does this tugboat have?.

Pullnoun

A sustained effort

a long pull across the mountains.

Pullnoun

Something, such as a knob on a drawer, that is used for pulling.

Pullnoun

A deep inhalation or draft, as on a cigarette or of a beverage.

Pullnoun

(Slang) A means of gaining special advantage; influence

The lobbyist has pull with the senator.

Pullnoun

(Informal) The ability to draw or attract; appeal

a star with pull at the box office.

Pullinterjection

(sports) Command used by a target shooter to request that the target be released/launched.

Pullnoun

An act of pulling (applying force)

He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.

Pullnoun

An attractive force which causes motion towards the source

The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant.iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnetShe took a pull on her cigarette.

Pullnoun

Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope

a zipper pull

Pullnoun

Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing.

In weights the favourite had the pull.

Pullnoun

Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)

Pullnoun

The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology

Pullnoun

A journey made by rowing

Pullnoun

(dated) A contest; a struggle.

a wrestling pull

Pullnoun

Loss or violence suffered.

Pullnoun

(slang) The act of drinking.

to take a pull at a mug of beer

Pullnoun

(cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.

Pullnoun

(golf) A mishit shot which travels in a straight line and (for a right-handed player) left of the intended path.

Pullverb

To apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force.

When I give the signal, pull the rope.You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.

Pullverb

To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck.

to pull fruit from a tree; to pull flax; to pull a finch

Pullverb

To attract or net; to pull in.

Pullverb

To draw apart; to tear; to rend.

Pullverb

To persuade (someone) to have sex with one.

I pulled at the club last night.He's pulled that bird over there.

Pullverb

(transitive) To remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability.

Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.

Pullverb

To do or perform.

He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14.You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that.

Pullverb

(transitive) To retrieve or generate for use.

I'll have to pull a part number for that.

Pullverb

To toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field.

Pullverb

(intransitive) To row.

Pullverb

(transitive) To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).

Pullverb

To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.

Pullverb

To score a certain amount of points in a sport.

Pullverb

(horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning.

The favourite was pulled.

Pullverb

To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.

Pullverb

To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)

Pullverb

(UK) To draw beer from a pump, keg, or other source.

Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barman pulls a good pint.

Pullverb

To pull out from a yard or station; to leave.

Pullnoun

the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you;

the pull up the hill had him breathing harderhis strenuous pulling strained his back

Pullnoun

the force used in pulling;

the pull of the moonthe pull of the current

Pullnoun

special advantage or influence;

the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull

Pullnoun

a device used for pulling something;

he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer

Pullnoun

a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments;

the wrench to his knee occurred as he fellhe was sidelined with a hamstring pull

Pullnoun

a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke);

he took a puff on his pipehe took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly

Pullnoun

a sustained effort;

it was a long pull but we made it

Pullverb

cause to move along the ground by pulling;

draw a wagonpull a sled

Pullverb

direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes;

Her good looks attract the stares of many menThe ad pulled in many potential customersThis pianist pulls huge crowdsThe store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers

Pullverb

move into a certain direction;

the car pulls to the right

Pullverb

apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion;

Pull the ropePull the handle towards youpull the string gentlypull the trigger of the gunpull your kneees towards your chin

Pullverb

perform an act, usually with a negative connotation;

perpetrate a crimepull a bank robbery

Pullverb

bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover;

draw a weaponpull out a gunThe mugger pulled a knife on his victim

Pullverb

steer into a certain direction;

pull one's horse to a standPull the car over

Pullverb

strain abnormally;

I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped upThe athlete pulled a tendon in the competition

Pullverb

cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense;

A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter

Pullverb

operate when rowing a boat;

pull the oars

Pullverb

rein in to keep from winning a race;

pull a horse

Pullverb

tear or be torn violently;

The curtain ripped from top to bottompull the cooked chicken into strips

Pullverb

hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing;

pull the ball

Pullverb

strip of feathers;

pull a chickenpluck the capon

Pullverb

draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense;

pull weedsextract a bad toothtake out a splinterextract information from the telegram

Pullverb

take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for;

We all rooted for the home teamI'm pulling for the underdogAre you siding with the defender of the title?

Pullverb

take away;

pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf