El"e*va`tor(?), n. [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. lvateur.] 1. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain.
(Anat.) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye.
(Surg.) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone.
(Aronautics) 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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Elevator head, Elevator leg, Elevator boot, the boxes in which the upper pulley, belt, and lower pulley, respectively, run in a grain elevator. [1913 Webster] -- Elevator shoes, shoes having unusually thick soles and heels, designed to make a person appear taller than he or she actually is. [PJC]
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