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 His father was an officer in the Marine Corps and an elevator operator, and his mother was a homemaker. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Marion McClinton, Interpreter of August Wilson, Dies at 65," 28 Nov. 2019 Additional details include storage, an elevator-capable closet and large windows overlooking the stunning grounds that surround the home. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Piney Point home offers nature, scenery in urban setting," 23 Nov. 2019 The winter menu is available on the entire deck and there is also an indoor bar on the elevator landing on the eighth floor. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "AC Hotel at The Banks adds heated igloos, fire pits and a winter menu," 22 Nov. 2019 Judy Marks, who came on as president of Otis, will become CEO of the world’s leading elevator company, with $13 billion in revenue and 17% of the global market. David Meyer, Fortune, "Otis Elevators’ Judy Marks Will Be the Fortune 500’s Next Female CEO," 15 Nov. 2019 Wind Cave National Park: An elevator problem preventing tours of Wind Cave in southwestern South Dakota is entering its fifth month. USA TODAY, "Soccer seismology, lobster drop, battle ax defense: News from around our 50 states," 12 Nov. 2019 There were 49 large display windows facing Woodward, Gratiot, Farmer, and Grand River, and there were an additional 50 interior display windows in areas – such as the elevator corridors and in the Woodward Shops on the seventh floor. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hudson's, Crowley's and other Detroit stores that turned city into shopping destination," 7 Nov. 2019 Sarah Page worked in that building as an elevator operator. Sara Sidner, CNN, "The Tulsa race massacre in the 'Watchmen' premiere was real. Here's what happened in the horrific event," 21 Oct. 2019 Authorities performed several elevator rescues, fire officials said. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, baltimoresun.com, "Towson Town Center mall evacuated after food court fire, outage," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Elevator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevator. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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


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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


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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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