elevator

noun
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.

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His grandmother was seated near the elevator with a proud look on her face. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s How Celebrity Stylist Jason Rembert’s Debut Fashion Collection Came to Life," 14 Feb. 2019 Guy Salisbury, left, and his sister Debra Navitski wait for an elevator with their French bulldogs, China and Pensky. Alexander Cohn, WSJ, "During Westminster Dog Show, Hotel Pennsylvania Goes to the Dogs," 11 Feb. 2019 In 1921, a race riot erupted in Tulsa as white mobs began looting and leveling the affluent black district of Greenwood over reports a black man had assaulted a white woman in an elevator; hundreds are believed to have died. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 31 May 2018 Which, in addition to the salubriousness of all that sea and salt, promised an unusually high (in fact, daily) dose of what for me is another major mood elevator: the anticipatory frisson of arriving someplace new. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "This Silversea Muse Cruise is a Mediterranean Dream Odyssey," 19 Mar. 2019 Unlike past elevators, the AWEs use electromagnetic propulsion to move munitions from the magazine to waiting aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019 Who would you rather be stuck inside an elevator with: Jughead or Will? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Cole Sprouse Reveals the Most Romantic Thing He's Ever Done for Lili Reinhart," 15 Mar. 2019 Officer Rodriguez, along with two other CBP officers, then began pulling Mr. Elsharkawi into an elevator. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 At the hotel, a Muslim woman walked into the elevator beside me. Brianna Wu, Marie Claire, "I Ran for Congress. I Lost. I'm Persisting. Quitting Is Not an Option In the Trump Era.," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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elevator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elevator

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

elevator

noun
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

elevator

noun
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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