Lift, n. 1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long
3. Help; assistance, as by lifting. Hence: A ride in a vehicle, given by the vehicle's owner to another person as a favor -- usually in "give a lift" or "got a lift"; as, to give one a
lift in a wagon; Jack gave me a
lift into town.
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The goat gives the fox a lift.L'Estrange.
4. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted; as: (a) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
[Chiefly Brit.] (b) An exercising machine.
5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the
lift of a lock in canals.
6. A lift gate. See
Lift gate, below.
(Naut.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
(Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
(Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.
(Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
11. A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a
lift from the President's endorsement.
Dead lift. See under Dead.
Lift bridge, a kind of drawbridge, the movable part of which is lifted, instead of being drawn aside. --
Lift gate, a gate that is opened by lifting. --
Lift hammer. See Tilt hammer. --
Lift lock, a canal lock. --
Lift pump, a lifting pump. --
(Windmills), a governor for regulating the speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action of grinding machinery according to the speed. --
(Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the lock.
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