Definition of travelator in English:

travelator

(also Trav-o-lator, travolator)

noun

  • A moving walkway, typically at an airport.

    • ‘All you need to do to be in the running is to write your name and contact details on the back of a receipt from any of the participating stores and place them in the barrel at the top of the travelator.’
    • ‘An attractive feature of the terminal is an inclined travelator (moving pavement), the first on the continent, which functions like a massive elevator.’
    • ‘Future plans also include the creation of a town plaza in Mersey Square, the transformation of Princes Street and the construction of a 500 metre travelator linking Stockport train and bus stations.’
    • ‘Inside, travelators connect the various gallery spaces, so that visitors can glide up through the building (a la Centre Pompidou) and then walk down and explore the exhibitions.’
    • ‘The multi-storey car park will feature ground, first, second and roof level parking along with a travelator, stairwells, road ramps and lift servicing all floor levels.’
    • ‘Four travelators were switched on today, marking the next milestone in the station's £55m transformation which is due to be finished in time for the Commonwealth Games.’
    • ‘The second travelator connects well with the first and conveys you diagonally through to the upper floor and the big main gallery space.’
    • ‘On the travelator, a tattooed Dutchman speaks rapidly to a girlfriend via his mobile phone whilst walking at full speed against the direction of the belt - perhaps some bizarre form of exercise for exhibitionists.’
    • ‘They can even enjoy a meal in the trendy cafe Les Viperes, which is set between the river view and the visitors rising to the galleries on the great diagonal travelator.’
    • ‘But I knew I had chosen the right woman a few days later when Sue and I were walking on the travelator over to Bowen House and Richard was walking the other way.’
    • ‘It is one of the most modern structures of its kind in the country with access to the various levels by a travelator, stairwells, and lift.’
    • ‘Karen's husband John, a pilot, said: ‘I think for all the profits they make they could make sure the travelator in the Skywalk works.’’
    • ‘The new-look store on Park Road certainly seems to be proving a big hit with shoppers who are delighted with the high-tech travelator which ferries laden-down customers to the rooftop car park with great ease.’
    • ‘In 1960, Europe's first travelator began operating at London's Bank Tube station.’
    • ‘The hero is seen running on an airport travelator.’
    • ‘The public walk directly into the new terminal's retail level from the parking area and can then connect to the departures and arrivals levels by using the inclined travelators.’

Origin

1950s: from travel, suggested by escalator.

Pronunciation:

travelator

/ˈtravəleɪtə/