- a person or thing that elevates or raises.
- a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building.
- any of various mechanical devices for raising objects or materials.
- a building in which grain is stored and handled by means of mechanical elevator and conveyor devices.
- 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.
- elevator shoe.
Origin of elevator
Examples from the Web for elevator
Everybody is trapped in an elevator together and tempers run a little hot.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The figure enters the elevator and is then seen quickly leaving the mall, black cloth flapping behind it.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
At that meeting, Rice told the Commissioner that he had hit Mrs. Rice in the elevator.The $44 Million Teflon Don of the NFL
November 30, 2014
Det. Johnson left in an elevator and I found myself alone in the building, save two women in the dispatch center.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
Yesterday, as I went up and down in the elevator, I could see men working there.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
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.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Once our vehicle entered an elevator and was let down a brief distance.
As I walked toward the elevator, I was painfully conscious of two ideas.
- a person or thing that elevates
- 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
- mainly US and Canadian a platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a buildingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): lift
- mainly US and Canadian a large granary equipped with an elevator and, usually, facilities for cleaning and grading the grain
- any muscle that raises a part of the body
- a surgical instrument for lifting a part of the body
- a control surface on the tailplane of an aircraft, for making it climb or descend
Word Origin and History for elevator
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.
- A surgical instrument used to elevate tissues or to raise a sunken part, such as a depressed fragment of bone.
- 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.