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[el-uh-vey-ter] /ˈɛl əˌveɪ tər/
a person or thing that elevates or raises.
a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building.
any of various mechanical devices for raising objects or materials.
a building in which grain is stored and handled by means of mechanical elevator and conveyor devices.
Aeronautics. a hinged horizontal surface on an airplane or the like, used to control the longitudinal inclination and usually placed at the tail end of the fuselage.
Origin of elevator
1640-50; < Late Latin ēlevātor, equivalent to ēlevā(re) (see elevate) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elevator
  • When the elevator arrives, it whisks you and the group directly to your floors.
  • We're all quiet and shy in an elevator with other people.
  • elevator installation is a mature business, yet change is under way as office space and energy get pricey.
  • Being stuck in an elevator is never fun, but by and large when riding in one that's the biggest inconvenience you can expect.
  • Although there is an elevator to the entrance, once you are in the homes you must use stairs to visit each level.
  • It's basically a revolving elevator into which the cars are driven and stored.
  • The full rent should include elevator use, and that will not be provided at this time.
  • Take the elevator inside to the top, for a fine view of the port.
  • Wouldn't it be more practical to put this idea in league w/ the space elevator.
  • Santana fled the apartment, the police said, and took an elevator to the ground floor.
British Dictionary definitions for elevator


a person or thing that elevates
(mainly US) a mechanical hoist for raising something, esp grain or coal, often consisting of a chain of scoops linked together on a conveyor belt
(mainly US & Canadian) a platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a building Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) lift
(mainly US & Canadian) a large granary equipped with an elevator and, usually, facilities for cleaning and grading the grain
any muscle that raises a part of the body
a surgical instrument for lifting a part of the body
a control surface on the tailplane of an aircraft, for making it climb or descend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for elevator

1640s, originally of muscles, from Latin elevator, agent noun from past participle stem of elevare (see elevate). As a name for a mechanical lift (originally for grain) attested from 1787. Elevator music is attested by 1963. Elevator as a lift for shoes is from 1940.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elevator in Medicine

elevator el·e·va·tor (ěl'ə-vā'tər)

  1. A surgical instrument used to elevate tissues or to raise a sunken part, such as a depressed fragment of bone.

  2. A dental instrument used to remove teeth or parts of teeth that cannot be gripped with a forceps or to loosen teeth and roots before using forceps.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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