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escalator

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

Simple Definition of escalator

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

Full Definition of escalator

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  an escalator clause or provision

Origin of escalator

from Escalator, a trademark


First Known Use: 1900

Rhymes with escalator

abdicator, abnegator, activator, actuator, adulator, advocator, agitator, alligator, allocator, animator, annotator, applicator, arbitrator, aspirator, aviator, brachiator, buccinator, calculator, calibrator, captivator, carburetor, castigator, circulator, commentator, commutator, compensator, compurgator, concentrator, confiscator, congregator, consecrator, consummator, contemplator, corporator, correlator, cultivator, decorator, defalcator, delegator, demonstrator, denigrator, depredator, desecrater, designator, detonator, deviator, dissipater, dominator, dura mater, educator, elevator, emulator, estimator, excavator, explicator, expurgator, extirpator, fabricator, fascinator, figure skater, flocculator, formulator, fornicator, fractionator, fumigator, generator, gladiator, hesitater, hibernator, imitator, immolator, impregnator, incubator, indicator, infiltrator, in-line skater, innovator, inhalator, inspirator, instigator, insulator, integrator, lacrimator, liberator, liquidator, literator, lubricator, macerator, masticator, mediator, mitigator, moderator, modulator, motivator, mutilator, navigator, nomenclator, nominator, numerator, obturator, operator, orchestrator, oscillator, peculator, percolator, perforator, perpetrator, pia mater, pollinator, postulator, procreator, procurator, promulgator, propagator, punctuator, radiator, re-creator, remonstrator, renovator, resonator, respirator, revelator, roller skater, rubricator, rusticator, salivator, second-rater, selling-plater, separator, simulator, stimulator, subjugator, Sunset Crater, syncopator, syndicator, tabulator, terminator, vaccinator, vacillator, valuator, venerator, ventilator, vindicator, violator, vitiator


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escalator

adjective es·ca·la·tor

Definition of escalator

  1. :  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>



1930

First Known Use of escalator

1930


ESCALATOR Defined for Kids

escalator

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noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər\

Definition of escalator

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





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