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Noun: elevator  'e-lu,vey-tu(r)
  1. [N. Amer, Austral, NZ] 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
    - lift [Brit]
  2. The airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
  3. A lifting device consisting of a long moving belt with scoops for lifting grain or other particulate material

Derived forms: elevators

Type of: aerofoil [Brit], airfoil [N. Amer], control surface, lifting device, surface

Part of: building, edifice, horizontal tail

Encyclopedia: Elevator