Definition of elevator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪtər//
    House equipment, Parts of a plane
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  1. 1  (North American English) (British English lift) a machine that carries people or goods up and down to different levels in a building or a mine It's on the fifth floor, so we'd better take the elevator. See related entries: House equipment
  2. 2a place for storing large quantities of grain see also grain elevator
  3. 3a part in the tail of an aircraft that is moved to make it go up and down See related entries: Parts of a plane
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting a muscle): modern Latin, from Latin elevare ‘raise’; in later use directly from elevate.Extra examples He rode the elevator to the 43rd floor. One guy fell down the elevator shaft. The agents in the station sent the checked baggage down stairs on a freight elevator. The elevator dinged and the door opened. The elevator doors closed behind her. We took a creaky old elevator up to the third floor. York pressed the button to call the elevator.
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