a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors.
an auxiliary serving table.
a serving stand with tiers of revolving shelves.
a serving cart.
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How to use dumbwaiter in a sentence
Puig grew up atop the company’s offices and factory, in a six-story building in the Eixample district where a noisy dumbwaiter carried packages to the street and large tanks of alcohol sat in the basement.Mariano Puig, who grew his family business into a fashion powerhouse, dies at 93 | Harrison Smith | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
The morning after a wild night, Stone whips up some eggs and English muffins and sends them upstairs in a dumbwaiter to Carrie.
Two or three houses that I have known had a very simple rough dumbwaiter running from the cellar up into a window-seat.Making a Fireplace | Henry H. Saylor
Shut off from every other means of escape, they remembered the dumbwaiter that ran from the kitchen up to the floors above.The Young Engineers in Arizona | H. Irving Hancock
The boys would take them off of this dumbwaiter and carry them over on to a little table near the checker stand.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for dumbwaiter
a stand placed near a dining table to hold food
a revolving circular tray placed on a table to hold food: US and Canadian name: lazy Susan
a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors
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