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Definitions for elevator
ˈɛl əˌveɪ tərel·e·va·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elevator, lift(noun)

    lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building

  2. elevator(noun)

    the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend


  1. elevator(Noun)

    Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.

  2. elevator(Noun)

    A silo used for storing wheat, corn or other grain (grain elevator)

  3. elevator(Noun)

    A control surface of an aircraft responsible for controling the pitching motion of the machine.

  4. elevator(Noun)

    Trademark for a type of shoe having an insert lift to make the wearer appear taller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elevator(noun)

    one who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]

  2. Elevator(noun)

    a mechanical contrivance, usually an endless belt or chain with a series of scoops or buckets, for transferring grain to an upper loft for storage

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]

  3. Elevator(noun)

    a cage or platform and the hoisting machinery in a hotel, warehouse, mine, etc., for conveying persons, goods, etc., to or from different floors or levels; -- called in England a lift; the cage or platform itself

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]

  4. Elevator(noun)

    a building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]

  5. Elevator(noun)

    a muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]

  6. Elevator(noun)

    an instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone

    Etymology: [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.]


  1. Elevator

    The elevator is a type of vertical transport equipment that efficiently moves people or goods between floors of a building, vessel or other structures. Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems like a hoist, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston like a jack. In agriculture and manufacturing, an elevator is any type of conveyor device used to lift materials in a continuous stream into bins or silos. Several types exist, such as the chain and bucket bucket elevator, grain auger screw conveyor using the principle of Archimedes' screw, or the chain and paddles/forks of hay elevators. Languages other than English may have loanwords based on either elevator or lift. Because of wheelchair access laws, elevators are often a legal requirement in new multistory buildings, especially where wheelchair ramps would be impractical.

Editors Contribution

  1. elevator

    A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Elevators are in many buildings.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elevator in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elevator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of elevator in a Sentence

  1. Stevie Wonder:

    For real, he got on the elevator, he was like, Whats up, Shaq? How you doing, big dog? Yes, he did. Wilshire Boulevard.

  2. Marshall Trimble:

    Someone keeps swearing to me that in Arizona it's illegal to have sex with a rodeo clown in an elevator on Tuesdays, it's a tall tale of course, but they're told as truth.

  3. Tim Hoyt:

    The VA's been right up there with disability pay, they pay for the caregiving I get in the mornings. I've got a wheelchair from them, a wheelchair ramp; those range from ($20,000) to $50,000. I have a wheelchair van (and) a special housing grant from the VA that allowed me to get an elevator so I can stay in my home and live in all of it, not just one floor.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Philosophy even turns a robot and an animal into a human. Using a child's question: Why? This is an elevator that shows slavery, below selfishness, below he knows the will that will turn him into a humane person. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Howard Weintraub:

    Things are not going to work out great if all you do is just not eat salt, but maybe, just maybe, they'll start to watch how much they eat, maybe they will get off the subway a stop earlier and walk, instead of taking the elevator, they will walk two flights, there will be some weight loss.

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