from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A platform or an enclosure raised and lowered in a vertical shaft to transport people or freight.
- n. The enclosure or platform with its operating equipment, motor, cables, and accessories.
- n. A movable control surface, usually attached to the horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft, that is used to produce motion up or down.
- n. A mechanism, often with buckets or scoops attached to a conveyor, used for hoisting materials.
- n. A granary equipped with devices for hoisting and discharging grain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
- n. A silo used for storing wheat, corn or other grain (grain elevator)
- n. A control surface of an aircraft responsible for controling the pitching motion of the machine.
- n. Trademark for a type of shoe having an insert lift to make the wearer appear taller.
- n. A dental instrument used to pry up ("elevate") teeth in difficult extractions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything.
- n. A mechanical contrivance, usually an endless belt or chain with a series of scoops or buckets, for transferring grain to an upper loft for storage.
- n. A cage or platform (called an elevator car) and the hoisting machinery in a hotel, warehouse, mine, etc., for conveying persons, goods, etc., to or from different floors or levels; -- called in England a lift; the cage or platform itself.
- n. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain.
- n. A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye.
- n. An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone.
- n. A movable plane or group of planes used to control the altitude or fore-and-aft poise or inclination of an airship or flying machine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which raises, lifts, or exalts. Specifically
- n. In anat.: A muscle which raises a part of the body, as the lip or eyelid: same as levator.
- n. Same as extensor.
- n. A surgical instrument used for raising a depressed or fractured part of the skull. Also called elevatory.
- n. In mech., a hoisting apparatus; a lift.
- n. A building containing one or more mechanical elevators, especially a warehouse for the storage of grain.
- n. In surgery: An instrument for extracting the stump of a tooth.
- n. Same as repositor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
- n. lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
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