moving stairway


noun

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Also called moving staircase.

Origin of moving stairway

First recorded in 1905–10

Definition for moving staircase (2 of 2)

escalator
[ es-kuh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈɛs kəˌleɪ tər /

noun

Also called moving staircase, moving stairway. a continuously moving stairway 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.

adjective

of, relating to, or included in an escalator clause: The union demands escalator protection of wages.

Origin of escalator

1895–1900, Americanism; formerly a trademark; perhaps escal(ade) + (elev)ator
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British Dictionary definitions for moving staircase (1 of 2)

moving staircase

moving stairway


noun

less common terms for escalator (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for moving staircase (2 of 2)

escalator
/ (ˈɛskəˌleɪtə) /

noun

a moving staircase consisting of stair treads fixed to a conveyor belt, for transporting passengers between levels, esp between the floors of a building

Word Origin for escalator

C20: originally a trademark
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