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 lifted
A ban on the ringing of church bells, lifted in 1941, was reimposed.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once I got over that hurdle, it was as if a huge weight had lifted and I was not scared anymore.
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unless Cuba sends them back, you might consider following the now lifted embargo with your own personal boycott.
With help, he got to his feet, and when she hugged him he lifted his arms slightly as if to return the hug.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She lifted the dress, and the beautiful pearl ornaments, and held them up to the light.The Fatal Glove|Clara Augusta Jones Trask
The water runs down to the home station, and is then lifted up high by steam engines and distributed over the city.Wisconsin in Story and Song;|Various
When Mossamedes lifted, two masts and the top of a funnel cut the horizon.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
"Mr. Sprague touched her hair, and—and lifted one of her hands," Penny contributed quietly.Murder at Bridge|Anne Austin
She lifted her shamed face and bravely laid her feverish, quivering lips on his.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
- 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
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.
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.