Origin of moving stairway
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called moving staircase.
- of, relating to, or included in an escalator clause: The union demands escalator protection of wages.
Origin of escalator
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- less common terms for escalator (def. 1)
- 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
Word Origin for escalator
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