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Definition of "elevator" []

  • A platform or an enclosure raised and lowered in a vertical shaft to transport people or freight. (noun)
  • The enclosure or platform with its operating equipment, motor, cables, and accessories. (noun)
  • A movable control surface, usually attached to the horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft, that is used to produce motion up or down. (noun)
  • A mechanism, often with buckets or scoops attached to a conveyor, used for hoisting materials. (noun)
  • A granary equipped with devices for hoisting and discharging grain. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elevator" in a sentence
  • "We have an elevator at the office here and in the elevator is a “service” that goes by the very Phildickian name The Captivate Network."
  • "I've got what they call the elevator speech down in several variations."
  • "Thus the term elevator speech: it’s designed to be short enough to deliver between floors when a happy accident places you and the agent of your dreams together in the same lift."