Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

elevator

[el-uh-vey-ter] /ˈɛl əˌveɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that elevates or raises.
2.
a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building.
3.
any of various mechanical devices for raising objects or materials.
4.
a building in which grain is stored and handled by means of mechanical elevator and conveyor devices.
5.
Aeronautics. a hinged horizontal surface on an airplane or the like, used to control the longitudinal inclination and usually placed at the tail end of the fuselage.
Origin of elevator
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin ēlevātor, equivalent to ēlevā(re) (see elevate) + -tor -tor
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for elevator
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • If it was a case for her, the elevator would go up to the operating-room.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The machine from elevator to tail plane bristles in original points.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • The crowd is around the foot of the staircase waiting for the elevator.

  • Once our vehicle entered an elevator and was let down a brief distance.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • As I walked toward the elevator, I was painfully conscious of two ideas.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for elevator

elevator

/ˈɛlɪˌveɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that elevates
2.
(mainly US) a mechanical hoist for raising something, esp grain or coal, often consisting of a chain of scoops linked together on a conveyor belt
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a building Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) lift
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a large granary equipped with an elevator and, usually, facilities for cleaning and grading the grain
5.
any muscle that raises a part of the body
6.
a surgical instrument for lifting a part of the body
7.
a control surface on the tailplane of an aircraft, for making it climb or descend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for elevator
n.

1640s, originally of muscles, from Latin elevator, agent noun from past participle stem of elevare (see elevate). As a name for a mechanical lift (originally for grain) attested from 1787. Elevator music is attested by 1963. Elevator as a lift for shoes is from 1940.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
elevator in Medicine

elevator el·e·va·tor (ěl'ə-vā'tər)
n.

  1. A surgical instrument used to elevate tissues or to raise a sunken part, such as a depressed fragment of bone.

  2. A dental instrument used to remove teeth or parts of teeth that cannot be gripped with a forceps or to loosen teeth and roots before using forceps.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for elevator

Word Value for elevator

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends