a continuously moving staircase on an endless loop for carrying passengers up or down.
a means of rising or descending, increasing or decreasing, etc., especially by stages: the social escalator.
of, relating to, or included in an escalator clause: The union demands escalator protection of wages.
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How to use escalator in a sentence
When I went to buy exercise pants at a Ross’s Dress for Less, whose parent company, Ross Stores, is run by a woman, a sign on a brown paper bag informed me that the escalator was broken.I Tried to Live Off Women-Owned Businesses. Turns Out, Men Still Run Everything | Alana Semuels | July 21, 2021 | Time
Of the city metro system’s 467 escalators, 22 are inoperable at any given time.
Her father, Tyrone, grew up in Ivy City and works as an escalator technician for Metro.Inside the housing showdown in D.C.’s Ivy City, where kids have no place to play | Paul Schwartzman | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Among the most notable is Gate 35X, which requires passengers to wait upstairs before taking an escalator down to a holding area where they waited to be loaded onto shuttle buses to their flight.So long, Gate 35X: New Reagan National concourse a bright spot as travel rebounds across D.C. region | Lori Aratani | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Other projects include purchasing the latest model of rail car, replacing escalators and station lighting, buying 90 new buses and rolling out a mobile fare payment system and app.Metro board expresses wariness over increased debt but gives tentative approval | Justin George | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
As she ducked out of the Sheraton fundraiser, she met a group of women coming at her on the up escalator.
Five minutes later, Grace bounds down the stationary escalator, clutching a bacon cheeseburger and a Coke.
So I quickly made way down the escalator to the baggage claim and into the car pickup area.LAX: Chaotic Scene Greets Arriving Passengers After Shooting Attack | Marlow Stern | November 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
My escort tucked all eight copies under his arm, and we headed back to the escalator.
So, we rode up an escalator—a very long escalator—and found the book.
Beardsley stepped onto the corridor slidewalk, coasted to the escalator and rode it down.We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
The tallest of the Lhari—the old one, whom Bart had seen on the escalator—looked long and hard at him.The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
They went down the long handsome corridor and stood on the purring escalator.The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
And even an escalator in a department store might be excused for tripping up a troubadour.Sixes and Sevens | O. Henry
They went up five levels that way—without seeing another person—before Kerk relented and let the escalator do the work.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for escalator
a moving staircase consisting of stair treads fixed to a conveyor belt, for transporting passengers between levels, esp between the floors of a building
short for escalator clause
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