• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dumb-waiter A framework on which dishes, food, etc., are passed from one room or story of a house to another; a lift for dishes, etc.; also, a piece of furniture with movable or revolving shelves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dumb-waiter A framework with shelves, placed between a kitchen and a dining-room for conveying food, etc. When the kitchen is in the basement story the dumb-waiter is balanced by weights, so as to move readily up and down by the agency of cords and pulleys. The name is also given to a small table or stand, sometimes with a revolving top, placed at a person's side in the dining-room, to hold dessert, etc., until required.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dumb-waiter a movable platform used for conveying food, dishes, &c. at meals: a stand with revolving top for holding dessert, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dumb; Ger. dumm, stupid, Dut. dom.


In literature:

Presently a neat and elegant supper was introduced, and a bottle of Burgundy, with the other necessaries, were set on a dumb-waiter.
"Memoirs Of Fanny Hill" by John Cleland
On the east side of the hall is the dumb-waiter, or lift.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
In one wall was an opening for a dumb-waiter for sending up food from the kitchen below.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
She placed them on the dumb waiter and started them down stairs.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Servants are just conveniences to them, like dumb waiters.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
A sort of dumb-waiter, with hooks instead of trays, could be contrived for a man who worked alone.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
A haversack on service is a sort of dumb waiter.
"Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands" by Captain J. Kincaid
How thankful I should be if I could substitute for their unsavory proximity while I eat, that of a clean dumb waiter.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
They even came up in my dumb-waiter, having bribed the janitor.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
He went across my dumb-waiter, eating every crumb, drinking every drop of the whisky and soda.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Why wouldn't they, when thousands has run dumb-waiters so good for years?
"Believe You Me!" by Nina Wilcox Putnam
This suited Mrs. Peters admirably, for there was a dumb-waiter between that room and the pantry.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
And you didn't hear me when I fell down the dumb-waiter shaft?
"The Window at the White Cat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A dumb-waiter placed at the right hand of the mistress enables much personal waiting to be dispensed with.
"Household Organization" by Florence Caddy
For several days I lived on milk, which the janitor sent up on the dumb-waiter.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
By the time they were finished Edith's finger had ceased to pain her, and she was helping place the other eatables on the dumb-waiter.
"Brenda, Her School and Her Club" by Helen Leah Reed
Nobody spoke to me at the dumb-waiter when I took off the garbage and paper this morning.
"Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Sir James M. Barrie
He came up on the dumb waiter!
"Dorothy Dale in the City" by Margaret Penrose
Our tree, in short, was a kind of dumb waiter, without which we should have been lost.
"Saddle and Mocassin" by Francis Francis Jr.
Trent noticed with pleasure that she was even suspicious of the tradespeople who sent their wares up the dumb waiter.
"Anthony Trent, Master Criminal" by Wyndham Martyn

In poetry:

From buying empires
To planting 'taters,
From Declarations
To trick dumb-waiters.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Inside Stories with Dick Clark Dark Globe Dumb Waiters A MARRIED MAN.
Lindsay Beaumont, Linda Livingston Ron Feltner (left) and Eric J Stein in The Dumb Waiter presented by Transport Theatre.
Pinter's The Lover and The Dumb Waiter are lost in translation at North Coast Rep. Search in site.