, n. 1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
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2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift. Bacon.
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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. [Colloq.]
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The goat gives the fox a lift.

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.
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5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.
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6. A lift gate. See Lift gate, below. [Prov. Eng.]
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7. (Naut.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
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8. (Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
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9. (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.
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10. (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given. Saunier.
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11. A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement.

Dead lift. See under Dead. Swift. -- 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. -- Lift tenter (Windmills), a governor for regulating the speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action of grinding machinery according to the speed. -- Lift wall (Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the lock.
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