Definition of elevator in English:


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  • 1A platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels.

    British term lift (sense 1 of the noun)

    ‘in the elevator she pressed the button for the lobby’
    • ‘As they passed the elevators, he pressed a button.’
    • ‘I walk down the hall to the bank of elevators, and press the up arrow.’
    • ‘I headed on ahead of Kyle and stopped at the elevators, pressing a button.’
    • ‘Just press the elevator button and get up to the penthouse.’
    • ‘Stepping into a waiting elevator and pressing the button for the third floor, he prepared himself to make his pitch.’
    • ‘I followed Brandon to an elevator and he pressed the button for the 10th floor.’
    • ‘Once inside the elevator, Nick pressed the level 7 button that would take them to the buffet room.’
    • ‘Without thinking he ran into the room and grabbed it, flew towards the elevator and pressed for the ground floor.’
    • ‘As I reached up to press the elevator button, I winced at the crackling pain shooting down from my shoulder along my arm.’
    • ‘We rode up the elevator, and I pressed in all of the buttons, just so I could spend more time with Ryan.’
    • ‘More and more people began filling in the elevator, pressing April towards the back corner.’
    • ‘He led her to the elevator, where he pressed for the top floor then keyed in the security code.’
    • ‘She pushed past him into the elevator, and pressed the button for level twelve.’
    • ‘I find pleasure in the simpler things in life, like home made out of order signs placed on coke machines, elevators, water coolers etc.’
    • ‘Request a quiet room - one away from the elevators and ice machine - with plenty of light.’
    • ‘This core houses an escalator to the subway, elevators, storage, cashier booths, toilets, and fitting rooms.’
    • ‘Blue and orange carpeting, Nescafe machines near the elevators - the kind of offices you see in interior design magazines.’
    • ‘In a society where phones are on our belts, in our elevators and in our cars, phones have become a medium that artists cannot ignore.’
    • ‘Up at the elevator, he scooped her up into his arms, and walked across the threshold into the room, the honeymoon suite.’
    • ‘It even involved him attaching it to the levers and pulleys which lifted the elevator.’
  • 2A machine consisting of an endless belt with scoops attached, used typically for raising grain to be stored in an upper story.

    ‘This was put to use every autumn to power the large and venerable threshing machine, with its elevator and shaking, riddling sieves.’
    • ‘The only visible parts of the underground area were the ten elevators for the machines.’
    • ‘The grain elevators located along the tracks unload 110 train carloads at a time, or a little over 20 million pounds of corn.’
    1. 2.1North American A tall building used for storing large quantities of grain.
      ‘in the harbor a giant elevator stores prairie grain’
      • ‘This scenery gives way to industrial buildings and giant grain elevators.’
      • ‘The company also tore down an elevator to build its new fertilizer plant.’
      • ‘The elevator was used to store grain which came to Montréal by rail and departed by sea.’
      • ‘Be ready to point out the similarity between a wind tower and existing communications towers, or even grain elevators and silos, he said.’
      • ‘Within a mile of the site there are grain elevators, warehouses, and other old industrial buildings, which influenced the character of the design of this addition.’
      • ‘Farming groups now worry about delays in getting crops to market, meaning more business for grain elevators and other storage sites.’
      • ‘This has raised productivity at the port and especially the grain elevator which had experienced a slump in the last two financial years.’
      • ‘There is certified non-biotech grain in storage bins at many elevators, available at a premium, but few processors are knocking at the door right now.’
      • ‘The number of grain elevators peaked in the early 1930s and the rapid decline occurs to this day as modern facilities replace and consolidate the locations.’
      • ‘A survey by Aventis of 107 of 260 grain elevators that received the corn this year found that about half were forwarding on the corn for unapproved human uses.’
      • ‘He praised Portnet for allowing them to store the woodchips on the quayside after attempts to keep them in the grain elevator had failed.’
      • ‘There were oil derricks and natural gas pipelines, grain elevators six stories high.’
      • ‘Occasionally, unit grain trains are run from the grain elevators in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, but you would have to find the right time to catch them.’
      • ‘When grain elevators were closed, it meant having to drive further to deliver grain, which increased fuel costs.’
      • ‘Sky-high grain elevators line the banks of the Buffalo River, guarding its southern flank.’
      • ‘Your item and subsequent letter on old concrete grain elevators was somewhat incomplete.’
  • 3A hinged flap on the horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft, typically one of a pair, used to control the motion of the aircraft about its lateral axis.

    ‘first you trim the rudder, then the ailerons, and finally the elevator’
    • ‘The flight data recorder indicated that the flight crew performed a control check of the elevators.’
    • ‘The ailerons are a much simpler control than the elevator.’
    • ‘Firing the various thrusters in brief bursts, Brett slowed the rotating motion of the elevator around its axis.’
    • ‘The latter would have made the bird too long to fit on an aircraft carrier's elevator.’
    • ‘The puppets and sequences rely on a system built on servos motors of the kind used in radio-controlled aircraft to position control surfaces like the elevators and rudders.’
    • ‘Eva Air landed in Los Angeles in one piece, with rudder, elevator, fuselage, trim tabs and ailerons intact.’
    • ‘This is a good thing because as the wing root area stalls, it generates turbulent air that flows over the elevator and around the fuselage.’
    • ‘Previous Fabric Classes covered two elevators and the other aileron for the 15th B - 17 that will once again grace the skies.’
    • ‘And if you look in his left hand you will see a little lever and that controls the forward elevator which controls the aeroplane in climb and descent.’
    • ‘Among the identical parts are the elevators, landing gear wheels, brakes, retracting mechanism and exhaust collector rings.’
    • ‘The horizontal tail was a single-unit stabilator rather than a conventional stabilizer plus a movable elevator.’
    • ‘The tail unit was of the monoplane type and consisted of horizontal stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin and rudder.’
    • ‘Spring tabs were added to the elevators and rudders to help control forces during high speed flight.’
    • ‘The B - 17G horizontal tail was located three feet farther aft, bringing elevators in line with the rudder.’
    • ‘The right stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin and rudder, which were aligned with the path of the flames, were gone.’
    • ‘All control linkage, including that for the elevator and rudder trims, was internal.’
    • ‘The airplane is designed so that the crew can counter a fully deflected stabilizer by using the elevator.’
    • ‘The elevator and rudders were each fitted with a trim tab actuated by a revolving drum on an acme-threaded push-pull rod.’
    • ‘On a normal, two-piece tail, rock the stabilizer to see that it has no movement and push the elevator down so you have a clear view of the hinges.’
  • 4A muscle whose contraction raises a part of the body.

    ‘elevators of the upper lip’
    • ‘The posture of the jaw at rest depends on the length of the jaw elevator muscles, and the factors determining this are similar to those controlling posture in the body generally.’
    • ‘Jaw closing is the result of the action of the jaw elevators, i.e., masseter, temporalis and medial pterygoid muscles.’
    • ‘The cooperation pattern of the jaw elevators and depressors has been studied in many different mammalian species.’
  • 5

    (also elevator shoe)
    North American Trademark A shoe with a raised insole designed to make the wearer appear taller.

    ‘something in his gait made me sure he was wearing elevator shoes’
    • ‘One way to elevate your stature is by wearing height-increasing footwear or apparatuses such as lifts, thicker insoles, elevator shoes, and shoes with thicker soles.’
    • ‘Take it from a guy who could use elevator shoes: Too much height scares some talent evaluators more than too little height.’
    • ‘He was not wearing elevator shoes, but I was not so content about it.’
    • ‘This night, he was adorned in white leather suit, red elevator shoes and sunglasses, and a white leather beret.’



/ˈeləˌvādər/ /ˈɛləˌveɪdər/


Mid 17th century (denoting a muscle): modern Latin, from Latin elevare ‘raise’; in later use directly from elevate.