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.
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How to use elevator in a sentence
Never mind that this particular trip involves a drive of only four miles from home and a short elevator ride to our seats.Now that’s room service: What it’s like to check into a hotel just for dinner | Tom Sietsema | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
They’re willing to pay, but then the elevator’s completely full.
Staircases, elevators, and escalators will be labeled to keep everybody moving in the same direction.Even at half capacity, the Super Bowl could cause COVID-19 outbreaks | Kate Baggaley | February 5, 2021 | Popular-Science
Co-workers do not bump into one another on the elevator or in hallways.How to recreate the workplace chatter of knowledge in a pandemic | Rajashree R | February 4, 2021 | Quartz
In terms of load times, elevator rides have been cut down significantly, with the option to skip them entirely to return to gameplay as quick as possible.Everything we know about ‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’: No multiplayer, ‘Mass Effect 1’ changes | Elise Favis | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Chris Allbritton | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At that meeting, Rice told the Commissioner that he had hit Mrs. Rice in the elevator.
Det. Johnson left in an elevator and I found myself alone in the building, save two women in the dispatch center.
Yesterday, as I went up and down in the elevator, I could see men working there.
They went up in the passenger elevator in the main building of the plant to a sort of glassed-in roof garden.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
If therefore he should leave elevator shafts, or hatchways unguarded, he would be clearly liable for the consequences.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Behind him, a lobby lounger moved over to the elevator boy, jerking his chin in Wilson Lamb's direction as he asked a question.
She took the elevator, which carried her to an upper floor into the region of the ladies' waiting-rooms.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The elevator company must keep on hand enough grain to meet all outstanding receipts.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for elevator
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 building: Also 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
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