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elevator

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noun el·e·va·tor \ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər\

Simple Definition of elevator

  • : a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building

  • : a tall building for storing grain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of elevator

  1. 1 :  one that raises or lifts something up: as a :  an endless belt or chain conveyor with cleats, scoops, or buckets for raising material b :  a cage or platform and its hoisting machinery for conveying people or things to different levels c :  grain elevator

  2. 2 :  a movable airfoil usually attached to the tailplane of an airplane for controlling pitch — see airplane illustration

Examples of elevator in a sentence

  1. We took the elevator to the 10th floor.



1646

First Known Use of elevator

1646


ELEVATOR Defined for Kids

elevator

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noun el·e·va·tor \ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər\

Definition of elevator for Students

  1. 1 :  a floor or little room that can be raised or lowered for carrying people or goods from one level to another

  2. 2 :  a device (as an endless belt) for raising material

  3. 3 :  grain elevator




Medical Dictionary

elevator

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noun el·e·va·tor \ˈel-ə-ˌvāt-ər\

Medical Definition of elevator

  1. 1:  a dental instrument for removing teeth or the roots of teeth which cannot be gripped with a forceps

  2. 2:  a surgical instrument for raising a depressed part (as a bone) or for separating contiguous parts





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