What is elevator?

  • (noun): Lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building.
    Synonyms: lift
    See also — Additional definitions below


The elevator (or lift in the Commonwealth excluding Canada) is a type of vertical transport equipment that efficiently moves people or goods between floors (levels, decks) of a building, vessel or other structures. Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems like a hoist, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston like a jack.

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Some articles on elevator:

Stirling Elevator
... Stirling elevator is a large concrete grain terminal located three quarters of a mile north east of the town of Stirling, Alberta ... The elevator stands 200 feet tall and is surrounded by grain fields that stretch out for hundreds of miles east, north and south ... The large elevator was built between 1998-1999 with a cost of $11 million and was one of the first elevators of its kind in the area ...
Space Elevator Construction - Cable Seeding Design
... that, if nanotubes with sufficient strength could be made in bulk, a space elevator could be built in little more than a decade, rather than the far future ... cable be deployed in the traditional way, giving a very lightweight elevator with very little lifting capacity ... repeatedly strengthening it until the elevator reaches the required mass and strength ...

More definitions of "elevator":

  • (noun): The airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend.

Famous quotes containing the word elevator:

    The cigar-box which the European calls a “lift” needs but to be compared with our elevators to be appreciated. The lift stops to reflect between floors. That is all right in a hearse, but not in elevators. The American elevator acts like the man’s patent purge—it works
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    The indifferent clerk he knowing what was going to happen
    The lobby zombies they knowing what
    The whistling elevator man he knowing
    The winking bellboy knowing
    Everybody knowing! I’d be almost inclined not to do anything!
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930)