grain elevator


grain elevator

noun

Definition of GRAIN ELEVATOR

:  a building for elevating, storing, discharging, and sometimes processing grain

First Known Use of GRAIN ELEVATOR

1852

grain elevator

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Storage building for grain, usually a tall frame, metal, or concrete structure with a compartmented interior; also, the device for loading grain into a building. One common mechanism consists of a hopper, a long rectangular open trough, and an endless vertical belt or chain with flights (crosspieces) for conveying the grain to the top of the stack. The force of gravity enables elevated grain to be unloaded quickly and easily from chutes.

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