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noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər, ÷-skyə-\

Definition of escalator

  1. 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. 2 :  an escalator clause or provision

Origin and Etymology of escalator

from Escalator, a trademark


First Known Use: 1900


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escalator

adjective es·ca·la·tor

Definition of escalator

  1. :  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

1930

First Known Use of escalator

1930


ESCALATOR Defined for English Language Learners

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noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər, ÷-skyə-\

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

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noun es·ca·la·tor \ˈe-skə-ˌlā-tər\

Definition of escalator for Students

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



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