• A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
  • By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
  • The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk.
  • The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.


  • To use; to exploit; to manipulate in order to take full advantage (of something).


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