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escalator

noun es·ca·la·tor \ ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər , nonstandard -skyə- \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of escalator

1 a : a power-driven set of stairs arranged like an endless belt that ascend or descend continuously
b : an upward course suggestive of an escalator
  • a never-stopping escalator of economic progress
  • —D. W. Brogan
2 : an escalator clause or provision

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Origin and Etymology of escalator

from Escalator, a trademark


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escalator

adjective

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

1930

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ESCALATOR Defined for English Language Learners

escalator

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

escalator

noun es·ca·la·tor \ ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər \

Definition of escalator for Students

: a moving stairway for going from one level (as of a building) to another


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