Definition of elevator
1 : one that raises or lifts something up: such asa : an endless belt or chain conveyor with cleats, scoops, or buckets for raising materialb : a cage or platform and its hoisting machinery for conveying people or things to different levelsc : grain elevator
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 of elevator from the Web
Many of the rock climbers who help overwhelmed fire departments free tens of thousands from lifts begin to give up on day four despite the heart-wrenching banging that continues to echo through some elevator shafts.
The 15,000 square-foot manse will house a swimming pool, an elevator, 4,000 square feet of outdoor space, and two kitchens, for when one of the kitchens is dirty.
Two elevators and two sets of stairways will lead to a rooftop visitor deck and a new set of docks will be built to handle up to 12 boats, including water taxis.
Following the hearing Knight and Howell walked briskly past reporters toward the elevators.
Like flying cars, elevators that go sideways have always felt like something that should have been invented a long time ago.
An elevator will be installed to make the building fully accessible.
With playtime over, Olwig returned to work, heading for the elevator and her 43rd-floor office, where Vivienne had spent most of the morning napping in the sunlight by her desk.
Once parked inside the World Trade Center building, where the tennis center is tucked away out of sight, you are greeted by a labyrinth of floors and elevators and blank-faced security guards.
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First Known Use of elevator
ELEVATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elevator for English Language Learners
: a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
: a tall building for storing grain
ELEVATOR Defined for Kids
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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