[ el-uh-vey-ter ]
/ ˈɛl əˌveɪ tər /


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.

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) /


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Medicine definitions for elevator

[ ĕlə-vā′tər ]


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.
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