verb (used with object)
- to transfer (measurements and the like) from a drawing, model, etc., to a piece being built.
- to form (a template) according to a drawing, model, etc.
verb (used without object)
- elevator(def 2).
- any device used to lift or elevate, as a dumbwaiter or hoist.
- the capacity of a cargo ship measured in dead-weight tons.
- topping lift.
- the displacement of a pallet by an escape wheel that has been unlocked.
- the angle through which the pallet passes when so displaced.
Origin of lift
Synonyms for lift
Antonyms for lift
Related Words for liftcomfort, boost, relief, encouragement, reassurance, raise, rise, hoist, climb, disappear, soar, end, reverse, relax, dismantle, stop, remove, cancel, rescind, take
Examples from the Web for lift
Contemporary Examples of lift
The Kurds claimed at least 100 Islamic militants were killed in the two-day battle to lift the siege.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar
December 20, 2014
He vows that it will create 250,000 jobs, lift Nicaragua out of poverty and make it the maritime capital of the world.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
In essence, they placed a bunch of solar panels in the form of a suspension bridge on top of the lift.
And in the summer, when the lift is idle, it feeds juice into the local community.
In a day, he'll play basketball and racquetball, lift weights and run, then throw.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of lift
She put out both arms as if to lift the young girl, and carry her away.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Lift up your sweet face, my best child, my own Clarissa Harlowe!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Mrs. Roberts, it was just that which she wanted to do,—lift them up.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Here I am, and here I bide, while God gives me strength to lift a sword.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mechanically, you raise your hand to lift away your optimistic spectacles.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- the thickness of ore extracted in one operation
- a set of pumps used in a mine
- the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on a wing, etc, at right angles to the airflow
- the upward force exerted by the gas in a balloon, airship, etc
Word Origin for lift
Word Origin for lift
c.1200, from Old Norse lypta "to raise," from Proto-Germanic *luftijan (cf. Middle Low German lüchten, Dutch lichten, German lüften "to lift;" Old English lyft "heaven, air," see loft). The meaning "steal" (as in shop-lift) is first recorded 1520s. Related: Lifted; lifting.
late 15c., "act of lifting," from lift (v.). Meaning "act of helping" is 1630s; that of "cheering influence" is from 1861. Sense of "elevator" is from 1851; that of "upward force of an aircraft" is from 1902. Meaning "help given to a pedestrian by taking him into a vehicle" is from 1712.