[ el-uh-vey-ter ]
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  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.

  1. any of various mechanical devices for raising objects or materials.

  2. a building in which grain is stored and handled by means of mechanical elevator and conveyor devices.

  3. 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

1640–50; <Late Latin ēlevātor, equivalent to ēlevā(re) (see elevate) + -tor-tor

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British Dictionary definitions for elevator


/ (ˈɛlɪˌveɪtə) /

  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

  1. mainly US and 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

  2. mainly US and Canadian a large granary equipped with an elevator and, usually, facilities for cleaning and grading the grain

  3. any muscle that raises a part of the body

  4. a surgical instrument for lifting a part of the body

  5. a control surface on the tailplane of an aircraft, for making it climb or descend

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