follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

escalator

[es-kuh-ley-ter] /ˈɛs kəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
Also called moving staircase, moving stairway. a continuously moving stairway on an endless loop for carrying passengers up or down.
2.
a means of rising or descending, increasing or decreasing, etc., especially by stages:
the social escalator.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or included in an escalator clause:
The union demands escalator protection of wages.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; formerly a trademark; perhaps escal(ade) + (elev)ator
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for escalator
  • But other indices suggest that the postwar escalator has not been moving for quite a while.
  • Eyewitnesses said it left a crater at the foot an escalator, near one of the mall's entrances.
  • Install on escalators sensory devices that detect foreign objects and shut the escalator off automatically.
  • The building entrance is behind the escalator at street level.
  • Perform a complete operational check of each elevator, escalator and dumbwaiter.
British Dictionary definitions for escalator

escalator

/ˈɛskəˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a moving staircase consisting of stair treads fixed to a conveyor belt, for transporting passengers between levels, esp between the floors of a building
2.
short for escalator clause
Word Origin
C20: originally a trademark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for escalator
n.

1900, American English, trade name of an Otis Elevator Co. moving staircase, coined from escalade + -ator in elevator. Figurative use is from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Slide the arrow to see easier and harder words for escalator
Easy Moderate Difficult

Word Value for escalator

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with escalator

Nearby words for escalator