el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

Definition of elevator

1 : one that raises or lifts something up: such 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
2 : a movable airfoil usually attached to the tailplane of an airplane for controlling pitch — see airplane illustration

Examples of elevator in a Sentence

We took the elevator to the 10th floor.
Recent Examples on the Web Tenants must carry their dogs in the elevator now, too. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 The animal hospital is located on the second floor of the Shedd building, and a beluga can't be transported in the elevator. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Astros manager Dusty Baker was standing in the elevator at their team hotel in Atlanta when outfielder Marwin Gonzalez’s 5-year-old son tugged at his dad’s arm, and whispered. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 Treat everyone, from the intern bringing in breakfast to the CEO in the elevator, with exceptional kindness. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Once the trio worked their way into his home, Sting apologized to Oliver for his mistreatment of Winnie in the elevator and blamed it on having a rough day. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 9 Sep. 2021 Take the staircase, or jump in the elevator, to the second level with its massive, full-floor primary suite. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2021 Your neighbor, who is not wearing a face mask, insists on getting in the elevator with you. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Biega would sneak up in the elevator from the second floor to Ivers’s third-floor apartment. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of elevator

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elevator was in 1646

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22 Jan 2022

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“Elevator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevator. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of elevator

: a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
: a tall building for storing grain


el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

Kids Definition of elevator

1 : a floor or little room that can be raised or lowered for carrying people or goods from one level to another
2 : a device (as an endless belt) for raising material


el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈel-ə-ˌvāt-ər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

Medical Definition of elevator

1 : a dental instrument for removing teeth or the roots of teeth which cannot be gripped with a forceps
2 : a surgical instrument for raising a depressed part (as a bone) or for separating contiguous parts

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