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.
- lift a finger,
- lift a hand against,
- lift bolt,
- lift bridge,
- lift off
Origin of lift
Examples from the Web for 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|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Carlier said to Kayerts in a careless tone: "I say, chief, I might just as well give him a lift with this lot into the store."Tales of Unrest|Joseph Conrad
Now, Miss Bruce, supposing you let me give you a lift to the station?The War-Workers|E.M. Delafield
Jane will lift her ears suddenly, and say to herself: 'What!Penelope's English Experiences|Kate Douglas Wiggin
Suppose you wanted to lift a heavy frying pan off the stove.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
Then, too, if they tried to get a lift on a train, there would have to be too many in the secret.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer|J. W. Duffield
- 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.