Definition of Elevator

1. Noun. Lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building.

Exact synonyms: Lift
Group relationships: Building, Edifice
Terms within: Car, Elevator Car
Specialized synonyms: Dumbwaiter, Food Elevator, Freight Elevator, Service Elevator, Paternoster
Generic synonyms: Lifting Device
Derivative terms: Elevate, Lift, Lift

2. Noun. The airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend.
Generic synonyms: Aerofoil, Airfoil, Control Surface, Surface
Group relationships: Horizontal Tail

Definition of Elevator

1. n. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything

2. n. A movable plane or group of planes used to control the altitude or fore-and-aft poise or inclination of an airship or flying machine.

Definition of Elevator

1. Noun. (American English) Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically. ¹

2. Noun. A silo used for storing wheat, corn or other grain (''grain elevator'') ¹

3. Noun. A control surface of an aircraft responsible for controling the pitching motion of the machine. ¹

4. Noun. Trademark for a type of shoe having an insert lift to make the wearer appear taller. ¹

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Definition of Elevator

1. one that elevates [n -S] - See also: elevates

Medical Definition of Elevator

1. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything; as: A mechanical contrivance, usually an endless belt or chain with a series of scoops or buckets, for transferring grain to an upper loft for storage. A cage or platform and the hoisting machinery in a hotel, warehouse, mine, etc, for conveying persons, goods, etc, to or from different floors or levels; called in England a lift; the cage or platform itself. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain. An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone. Elevator head, leg, and boot, the boxes in which the upper pulley, belt, and lower pulley, respectively, run in a grain elevator. Origin: L, one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. Elevateur. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Elevator

eleuthra bark
elevated hemidiaphragm
elevated railroad
elevated railway
elevator (current term)
elevator authority
elevator boy
elevator car
elevator disease
elevator girl
elevator man
elevator muscle of rib
elevator muscle of scapula
elevator muscle of soft palate
elevator muscle of thyroid gland
elevator muscle of upper eyelid
elevator muscle of upper lip

Literary usage of Elevator

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1918)
"Annotation—elevator insurance. The principles applicable to insurance ... Generally, as to liability for injury to elevator passenger, see notes to Edwards ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"According to the allegations of petition, the plaintiff was fully aware of the defects in the elevator, if any existed. Apparently there rested upon him no ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1913)
"tractor elevator, power, and operator al any time that the contractor or elevator company did not want them, the subcontractor having no other control over ..."

4. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"elevator A. A car or platform to convey persons or articles up or down ... An elevator generally moves vertically, but may be arranged to run on an incline. ..."

5. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1899)
"THE plunger elevator as a lift, or freight elevator, is well known. As a passenger elevator for short runs it has been used more or less for some time, ..."

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