Definition of elevator in English:



  • 1A platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels.

    ‘in the elevator she pressed the button for the lobby’
    • ‘Once inside the elevator, Nick pressed the level 7 button that would take them to the buffet room.’
    • ‘Without thinking he ran into the room and grabbed it, flew towards the elevator and pressed for the ground floor.’
    • ‘As I reached up to press the elevator button, I winced at the crackling pain shooting down from my shoulder along my arm.’
    • ‘I walk down the hall to the bank of elevators, and press the up arrow.’
    • ‘Up at the elevator, he scooped her up into his arms, and walked across the threshold into the room, the honeymoon suite.’
    • ‘More and more people began filling in the elevator, pressing April towards the back corner.’
    • ‘Blue and orange carpeting, Nescafe machines near the elevators - the kind of offices you see in interior design magazines.’
    • ‘I followed Brandon to an elevator and he pressed the button for the 10th floor.’
    • ‘He led her to the elevator, where he pressed for the top floor then keyed in the security code.’
    • ‘I find pleasure in the simpler things in life, like home made out of order signs placed on coke machines, elevators, water coolers etc.’
    • ‘We rode up the elevator, and I pressed in all of the buttons, just so I could spend more time with Ryan.’
    • ‘It even involved him attaching it to the levers and pulleys which lifted the elevator.’
    • ‘In a society where phones are on our belts, in our elevators and in our cars, phones have become a medium that artists cannot ignore.’
    • ‘As they passed the elevators, he pressed a button.’
    • ‘Request a quiet room - one away from the elevators and ice machine - with plenty of light.’
    • ‘She pushed past him into the elevator, and pressed the button for level twelve.’
    • ‘I headed on ahead of Kyle and stopped at the elevators, pressing a button.’
    • ‘This core houses an escalator to the subway, elevators, storage, cashier booths, toilets, and fitting rooms.’
    • ‘Just press the elevator button and get up to the penthouse.’
    • ‘Stepping into a waiting elevator and pressing the button for the third floor, he prepared himself to make his pitch.’
  • 2A machine consisting of an endless belt with scoops attached, used typically for raising grain to be stored in an upper story.

    • ‘The only visible parts of the underground area were the ten elevators for the machines.’
    • ‘The grain elevators located along the tracks unload 110 train carloads at a time, or a little over 20 million pounds of corn.’
    • ‘This was put to use every autumn to power the large and venerable threshing machine, with its elevator and shaking, riddling sieves.’
    1. 2.1North American A tall building used for storing large quantities of grain.
      • ‘The elevator was used to store grain which came to Montréal by rail and departed by sea.’
      • ‘There is certified non-biotech grain in storage bins at many elevators, available at a premium, but few processors are knocking at the door right now.’
      • ‘There were oil derricks and natural gas pipelines, grain elevators six stories high.’
      • ‘Be ready to point out the similarity between a wind tower and existing communications towers, or even grain elevators and silos, he said.’
      • ‘This has raised productivity at the port and especially the grain elevator which had experienced a slump in the last two financial years.’
      • ‘A survey by Aventis of 107 of 260 grain elevators that received the corn this year found that about half were forwarding on the corn for unapproved human uses.’
      • ‘Within a mile of the site there are grain elevators, warehouses, and other old industrial buildings, which influenced the character of the design of this addition.’
      • ‘When grain elevators were closed, it meant having to drive further to deliver grain, which increased fuel costs.’
      • ‘Farming groups now worry about delays in getting crops to market, meaning more business for grain elevators and other storage sites.’
      • ‘The number of grain elevators peaked in the early 1930s and the rapid decline occurs to this day as modern facilities replace and consolidate the locations.’
      • ‘Your item and subsequent letter on old concrete grain elevators was somewhat incomplete.’
      • ‘Sky-high grain elevators line the banks of the Buffalo River, guarding its southern flank.’
      • ‘He praised Portnet for allowing them to store the woodchips on the quayside after attempts to keep them in the grain elevator had failed.’
      • ‘Occasionally, unit grain trains are run from the grain elevators in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, but you would have to find the right time to catch them.’
      • ‘The company also tore down an elevator to build its new fertilizer plant.’
      • ‘This scenery gives way to industrial buildings and giant grain elevators.’
  • 3A hinged flap on the horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft, typically one of a pair, used to control the motion of the aircraft about its lateral axis.

    • ‘And if you look in his left hand you will see a little lever and that controls the forward elevator which controls the aeroplane in climb and descent.’
    • ‘The ailerons are a much simpler control than the elevator.’
    • ‘The elevator and rudders were each fitted with a trim tab actuated by a revolving drum on an acme-threaded push-pull rod.’
    • ‘Previous Fabric Classes covered two elevators and the other aileron for the 15th B - 17 that will once again grace the skies.’
    • ‘The horizontal tail was a single-unit stabilator rather than a conventional stabilizer plus a movable elevator.’
    • ‘The airplane is designed so that the crew can counter a fully deflected stabilizer by using the elevator.’
    • ‘The flight data recorder indicated that the flight crew performed a control check of the elevators.’
    • ‘Firing the various thrusters in brief bursts, Brett slowed the rotating motion of the elevator around its axis.’
    • ‘This is a good thing because as the wing root area stalls, it generates turbulent air that flows over the elevator and around the fuselage.’
    • ‘Eva Air landed in Los Angeles in one piece, with rudder, elevator, fuselage, trim tabs and ailerons intact.’
    • ‘The B - 17G horizontal tail was located three feet farther aft, bringing elevators in line with the rudder.’
    • ‘The right stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin and rudder, which were aligned with the path of the flames, were gone.’
    • ‘The latter would have made the bird too long to fit on an aircraft carrier's elevator.’
    • ‘Among the identical parts are the elevators, landing gear wheels, brakes, retracting mechanism and exhaust collector rings.’
    • ‘The puppets and sequences rely on a system built on servos motors of the kind used in radio-controlled aircraft to position control surfaces like the elevators and rudders.’
    • ‘All control linkage, including that for the elevator and rudder trims, was internal.’
    • ‘The tail unit was of the monoplane type and consisted of horizontal stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin and rudder.’
    • ‘On a normal, two-piece tail, rock the stabilizer to see that it has no movement and push the elevator down so you have a clear view of the hinges.’
    • ‘Spring tabs were added to the elevators and rudders to help control forces during high speed flight.’
  • 4A muscle whose contraction raises a part of the body.

    ‘elevators of the upper lip’
    • ‘The cooperation pattern of the jaw elevators and depressors has been studied in many different mammalian species.’
    • ‘Jaw closing is the result of the action of the jaw elevators, i.e., masseter, temporalis and medial pterygoid muscles.’
    • ‘The posture of the jaw at rest depends on the length of the jaw elevator muscles, and the factors determining this are similar to those controlling posture in the body generally.’
  • 5North American trademark A shoe with a raised insole designed to make the wearer appear taller.

    • ‘One way to elevate your stature is by wearing height-increasing footwear or apparatuses such as lifts, thicker insoles, elevator shoes, and shoes with thicker soles.’
    • ‘This night, he was adorned in white leather suit, red elevator shoes and sunglasses, and a white leather beret.’
    • ‘Take it from a guy who could use elevator shoes: Too much height scares some talent evaluators more than too little height.’
    • ‘He was not wearing elevator shoes, but I was not so content about it.’


Mid 17th century (denoting a muscle): modern Latin, from Latin elevare ‘raise’; in later use directly from elevate.