• A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
    A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elevator 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
    • n elevator the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House
Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad
Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Civil War in the United States elevated the popularity of coffee to new heights. Soldiers went to war with coffee beans as a primary ration.
    • Elevator A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain.
    • Elevator 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.
    • Elevator 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.
    • Elevator (Aëronautics) 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.
    • Elevator (Anat) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye.
    • Elevator (Surg) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone.
    • Elevator One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first building with an elevator was the six-story 130-foot Equitable Life Building in New York. It was built in 1870.
    • n elevator One who or that which raises, lifts, or exalts. Specifically
    • n elevator In anat.: A muscle which raises a part of the body, as the lip or eyelid: same as levator.
    • n elevator Same as extensor.
    • n elevator A surgical instrument used for raising a depressed or fractured part of the skull. Also called elevatory.
    • n elevator In mech., a hoisting apparatus; a lift. A car or cage for lifting and lowering passengers or freight in a hoistway; in a broad sense, the entire hoisting apparatus, including the shaft or well, the cage, and the motor. See hoisting-engine.
    • n elevator A building containing one or more mechanical elevators, especially a warehouse for the storage of grain.
    • n elevator In surgery: An instrument for extracting the stump of a tooth.
    • n elevator Same as repositor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest point of the earth, with an elevation of 29,141 feet, is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet.
    • Elevator the person or thing that lifts up: a lift or machine for raising grain, &c., to a higher floor: a muscle raising a part of the body
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
  • Christopher Dawson
    Christopher Dawson
    “The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.”
  • Jim Ferree
    Jim Ferree
    “There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.”
  • George F. Will
    “If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.”
  • Boufflers
    “The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. élévateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. elevāre, -ātume, out, up, levāre, to raise—levis, light. See Light (2).


In literature:

And this is at once the law for the Incarnation of the Christ, and for the elevation of the Christian.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
All education which does not elevate, refine, and ennoble its recipient is a curse instead of a blessing.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
And, last of all, there was the Elevator, of which you will hear more by-and-by.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Prale tore it open after he stepped into the elevator.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
I know but one elevation of a human being, and that is elevation of soul.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
But she remembered as she went up in the elevator.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Elevation about 6,000 feet.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
I had gone four thousand feet higher than the camp, reaching an elevation of 11,450 feet above sea level.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Long ago the Wasatch Range of eastern Utah and the Sierra Nevadas of California formed parts of a vast elevated plateau.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
The elevation of Sao Paulo city is 2,450 ft. above the sea level.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

Contentment never did aspire
To elevate mankind,
It never raised the standard higher
Of science or of mind.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.
"Life Is Fine" by Langston Hughes
Music's sweet uses are, to smooth
Each rough and angry passion;
To elevate at once, and soothe:
A heavenly recreation.
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
And she--last at the cross,
First at the tomb, who waits--
Woman--will watch to cleanse from dross
The cause she elevates.
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
She had an earnest intellect--a perfect thirst of mind,
And a heart by elevated thoughts and poetry refin'd,
And she saw a subtle tint or shade with every careless look,
And the hidden links of nature were familiar as a book.
"A Portrait - I" by Nathaniel Parker Willis
And at each end of this walk the visitors can ascend Laggan Hill,
And as they view the woods and fields with joy their hearts
And they will find seats plenteous on this elevated bower,
On which they may rest and wile away the hour.
"Beautiful Crief" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Elevation just above 4,000 feet.
Elevation of Interstate 90 at the pass is 3,022 feet.
Snow fell Sunday night at higher elevations such as Mount Marcy, New York state's highest point, seen here Monday afternoon.
When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally.
Space elevator chase yields Earthly rewards.
Michael Laine (at right) has spent every penny he has chasing the space elevator dream.
Imagine a world beat band cool enough to vibe in Miami's hottest young clubs and smooth enough to make your easy-listening mom break out doing the samba in the elevator.
Alpine Meadows resort near Lake Tahoe reported 19 inches of new snow at its base and 28 inches of snow at higher elevations over a 48-hour period ending Saturday morning.
An elevator operator at Trump Tower claims a billionaire office tenant threatened him with a revolver after the employee refused to wait around to take him down to.
Fire in elevator shaft closes a Sears in West Mifflin on Black Friday.
He fell five stories down an elevator shaft.
We met in a sitting area near the elevators on the second floor of the Eldorado Hotel.
Stratovolcano Last eruption: 2011 (ongoing) Summit elevation: 3,665 ft. (1,117 m.) Webcams: one two three (fourth and fifth from bottom) four.
The mission of the High Line, the future park that will rest on an elevated train platform slicing across 22 Manhattan blocks, is to slow down.
In an elevator at GWU, Tim Foley, left, presents his business idea to the judges and a timekeeper, right.

In science:

The blue and magenta curves show the encoder error transfer functions for elevation and cross-elevation respectively.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Sidereal Tracking: Tracking jitter of the VertexRSI antenna is for a significant part due to elevation motion, with large contribution in the 3-6 Hz range.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Largest jitter is observed for low elevation in the south-east and south-west, and minimum tracking jitter is seen while crossing the meridian.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
For the VertexRSI antenna, the azimuth and elevation at which the scan was performed had large impact on the pointing stability during the scan.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
The antennas were in shutdown mode at approximately 45 degrees elevation.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers