elevator

DEFINITIONS OF: elevator

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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

Synonyms:
lift
Types:
dumbwaiter, food elevator
a small elevator used to convey food (or other goods) from one floor of a building to another
freight elevator, service elevator
an elevator designed for carrying freight
paternoster
a type of lift having a chain of open compartments that move continually in an endless loop so that (agile) passengers can step on or off at each floor
Type of:
lifting device
a device for lifting heavy loads

n the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend

Type of:
aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface
a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
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