Definition of escalator
1a : a power-driven set of stairs arranged like an endless belt that ascend or descend continuouslyb : an upward course suggestive of an escalator a never-stopping escalator of economic progress — D. W. Brogan
2 : an escalator clause or provision
Recent Examples of escalator from the Web
Enrich your travel experience with a little stop-over to view the work of young artists at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in the pre-security area, above the escalators in Terminal 2.
The second of 10 escalators was to be set into place Tuesday afternoon and four of the 10 elevators are in the works.
The older man was paused at the top of an escalator and a few people started gathering waiting to get on.
Ftouhi entered the first-floor lobby at Bishop at approximately 8:52 a.m. Wednesday, carrying a red duffle and dark satchel bag, traveling up an escalator before attacking Neville.
There are marble floors and escalators everywhere, and a massive catwalk to the adjacent Bonaventure Hotel that offers tempting misdirection.
Six months out, as Engel toured the facility, carpets were still being laid and escalators weren’t in place.
Six escalators will speed visitors to the second and third floors, the busiest areas of the building.
The intrepid eighth-graders at South Orange (NJ) Middle School recently took their obligatory class trip to Washington, D.C. for a week of history, adventure, and blithely clogging up Metro escalators while commuters fumed silently.
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Origin and Etymology of escalator
from Escalator, a trademark
First Known Use: 1900See Words from the same year
Definition of escalator
: providing for a periodic proportional upward or downward adjustment (as of prices or wages) an escalator arrangement tying the base pay … to living costs — N. Y. Times
First Known Use of escalator
ESCALATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of escalator for English Language Learners
: a moving set of stairs that carries people up or down from one level of a building to another
ESCALATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of escalator for Students
: a moving stairway for going from one level (as of a building) to another
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