el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

Definition of elevator

1 : one that raises or lifts something up: such as
a : an endless belt or chain conveyor with cleats, scoops, or buckets for raising material
b : a cage or platform and its hoisting machinery for conveying people or things to different levels
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 on the Web Jacobs had been stuck in an elevator when the plane hit, waiting an hour for help and finally prying the doors open himself with just a few minutes to spare. Randall Lane, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Jaumarcus McFarland, 19, died Tuesday after being trapped in an elevator at 444 Highland Ave. al, 2 Sep. 2021 The letter to Blinken was sent two days after a carving of a swastika was found in an elevator at the State Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on July 26. Asaf Shalev, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Sep. 2021 There's also a more devious installment, where Harley gets the upper hand on Natasha in an elevator (please discuss whether this could actually happen, in the comments), which has been viewed more than 17 million times. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 14 Aug. 2021 The Maitland Police Department received a call at about 5 a.m. about a crash involving an orange Lamborghini and a teenager sleeping in an elevator on Orange Avenue. Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 July 2021 Also, Staples Center has added lots of new sanitization measures, including UV lighting on all elevator buttons and escalator rails. Victoria Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Sophisticated technology such as self-cleaning elevator buttons could be seen in buildings in the upcoming months. CBS News, 1 Jan. 2021 People remain cautious – a few still use a tissue or glove to avoid touching elevator buttons – but the pervasive fear has largely evaporated. Ken Moritsugu, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of elevator

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elevator was in 1646

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“Elevator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevator. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elevator

: a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
: a tall building for storing grain


el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

Kids Definition of elevator

1 : a floor or little room that can be raised or lowered for carrying people or goods from one level to another
2 : a device (as an endless belt) for raising material


el·​e·​va·​tor | \ ˈel-ə-ˌvāt-ər How to pronounce elevator (audio) \

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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