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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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.
Author! Author! » Blog Archive » Pitching 101, part XI: just in case any of you should need it this weekend, the three-line pitch! How’s this for a premise: this writer and this agent walk into an elevator…
(The building's stark hallways and elevator is where the large majority of this story takes place.)
Uhh, on second thought, Keight Vs plan of just using rockets a lot and later doing a space elevator is better than a new shuttle style RLV assuming that space elavators can work.
Sunsats will only be economical with a breakthrough in cheap access to space however, and the space elevator is one of the only options for that.
And, as Gerald Stanley Lee says, the elevator is that democratic device that gives to all men the privilege of first floors though they be twenty stories above the ground.
Grain elevator, gas station and greasy spoon (with enormous pancakes!) is about it.
Father Tim (?) was quite apologetic about the main elevator being out, though even then I'm not sure if that would've removed all the doors needing opening between 4th and 6th. * sigh*
The best way to get an accurate weight reading is to load the vehicle, round up your buddies, then take it to a sand and gravel pit, grain elevator, building and supply company, county waste disposal site, or moving company.