grain elevator


: a building for elevating, storing, discharging, and sometimes processing grain

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Clint Jessen, the owner of Jessen Wheat Co., relied on the high-school friends of his son to operate tractors and do other tasks at his organic grain elevator and farm in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., this summer. Austen Hufford, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The official described a poisoning in the Zaporizhzhia region that killed around 15 Russian soldiers and the sabotage of a grain elevator, in the Kherson region, that prevented Russian forces from stealing 60,000 tons of grain. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 But dozens didn’t turn to thousands until his work as a grain elevator repairman landed him in Germany, which has been the hub of handmade marbles for hundreds of years. Hanna Krueger,, 30 Oct. 2022 At dinner one night, Lisa Schemm pulled out her phone to check the latest price at her local grain elevator, in Sharon Springs. Michael Holtz, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 The grain elevator towering over the eastern edge of Kupyansk, the former seat of Russian power in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, was supposed to be defended by soldiers from an elite Russian unit. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2022 The area along the railroad sprouted a foundry, a fertilizer factory and flour mill, a grain elevator, a cannery, a creamery and ice cream factory, and a fruit packing firm. Frank Batavick, Baltimore Sun, 25 Sep. 2022 In the nearby village of Zasillya, recent fighting devastated a large flour mill and grain elevator used by farmers across the region. Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 Production shifted to the Canadian prairies, attracting immigrants – many of them Ukrainians – who settled in towns next to the tracks, each community centered around its grain elevator that would stand as a beacon from afar. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grain elevator was in 1852

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“Grain elevator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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