noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈes-kə-ˌlā-tər, ÷-kyə-\

: a moving set of stairs that carries people up or down from one level of a building to another

Full Definition of ESCALATOR

a :  a power-driven set of stairs arranged like an endless belt that ascend or descend continuously
b :  an upward course suggestive of an escalator <a never-stopping escalator of economic progress — D. W. Brogan>
:  an escalator clause or provision


from Escalator, a trademark
First Known Use: 1900

Rhymes with ESCALATOR

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Definition of ESCALATOR

:  providing for a periodic proportional upward or downward adjustment (as of prices or wages) <an escalator arrangement tying the base pay … to living costs — N. Y. Times>

First Known Use of ESCALATOR

ESCALATOR Defined for Kids


noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər\

Definition of ESCALATOR for Kids

:  a moving stairway for going from one level (as of a building) to another


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