• WordNet 3.6
    • v lift perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
    • v lift remove from a surface "the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"
    • v lift take off or away by decreasing "lift the pressure"
    • v lift remove from a seedbed or from a nursery "lift the tulip bulbs"
    • v lift remove (hair) by scalping
    • v lift put an end to "lift a ban","raise a siege"
    • v lift rise upward, as from pressure or moisture "The floor is lifting slowly"
    • v lift raise in rank or condition "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
    • v lift invigorate or heighten "lift my spirits","lift his ego"
    • v lift call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
    • v lift cancel officially "He revoked the ban on smoking","lift an embargo","vacate a death sentence"
    • v lift make audible "He lifted a war whoop"
    • v lift take (root crops) out of the ground "lift potatoes"
    • v lift fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means "Food is airlifted into Bosnia"
    • v lift raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
    • v lift take hold of something and move it to a different location "lift the box onto the table"
    • v lift move upward "The fog lifted","The smoke arose from the forest fire","The mist uprose from the meadows"
    • v lift move upwards "lift one's eyes"
    • v lift raise from a lower to a higher position "Raise your hands","Lift a load"
    • v lift make off with belongings of others
    • v lift take illegally "rustle cattle"
    • v lift take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
    • v lift pay off (a mortgage)
    • v lift rise up "The building rose before them"
    • n lift the act of raising something "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow","fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
    • n lift a ride in a car "he gave me a lift home"
    • n lift transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
    • n lift plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised "some actresses have more than one face lift"
    • n lift the act of giving temporary assistance
    • n lift 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 lift one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
    • n lift a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
    • n lift a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
    • n lift a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
    • n lift the event of something being raised upward "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon","a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity"
    • n lift the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
"Peter dared not lift his head." "Peter dared not lift his head."
Albert trying to lift basket of apples Albert trying to lift basket of apples
St. George Saw the Head of the Dragon Lifted from the Pool St. George Saw the Head of the Dragon Lifted from the Pool
He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At lift off, US space shuttles weight about 4.5 million pounds.
    • Lift A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement.
    • Lift A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
    • Lift (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.
    • Lift A lift gate. See Lift gate, below.
    • Lift A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.
    • Lift (Naut) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
    • Lift Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
    • Lift An exercising machine.
    • Lift Help; assistance, as by lifting. "The goat gives the fox a lift ."
    • Lift (Mach) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
    • Lift That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted
    • Lift (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
    • n Lift lĭft The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.
    • Lift The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift .
    • Lift To bear; to support.
    • Lift To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
    • Lift To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; -- said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden.
    • Lift To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up. "The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.""Lest, being lifted up with pride."
    • Lift To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
    • Lift To steal; also, to live by theft.
    • Lift To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle. "He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered."
    • Lift To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing. "Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: After the Eiffel Tower was built, one person was killed during the installation of the lifts. No one was killed during the actual construction of the tower
    • n lift The air; the atmosphere; the sky; the heavens.
    • lift To move or heave upward in space; bring to a higher place or position; raise; elevate: often followed by up: as, to lift a stone from the ground: to lift up one who has fallen.
    • lift To bring to a higher degree, rank, or condition; make more lofty or considerable; elevate; exalt; raise to a high or a higher pitch or state of feeling, as the voice, the mind, etc.
    • lift To keep elevated or exalted; hold up; display on high: as, the mountain lifts its head above the clouds.
    • lift To take away; steal. See lift.
    • lift In mining, same as draw, 30.
    • lift To gather; collect: as, to lift rents.
    • lift To carve (a swan).
    • lift To bear; support.
    • lift Synonyms and Hoist, Heave, etc. See raise.
    • lift To raise or endeavor to raise something; exert the strength for the purpose of raising something.
    • lift To rise or seem to rise; disappear in the air: as, the fog lifts.
    • lift Nautical, to shake lightly in the wind: said of a sail when the wind blows on its edge at too small an angle to fill it.
    • n lift The act or manner of lifting or raising; a raising or rising up; elevation.
    • n lift Assistance by, or by means of, lifting; hence, assistance in general; a helping hand: as, to give one a lift (a help on one's way) in a wagon.
    • n lift A rise; degree of elevation; extent of rise, or distance through which anything is raised.
    • n lift Specifically— The extent of rise in a canal-lock: as, a lift of ten feet.
    • n lift In mining: The distance from one level to another.
    • n lift The distance through which the pestle of an ore-stamp rises and falls.
    • n lift A rise in state or condition; promotion; advancement: as, to get a lift in the army for bravery.
    • n lift Elevation of style or sentiment; action of lifting or elevating, as the mind.
    • n lift Anything which assists in lifting, or by which objects are lifted. Specifically— A hoisting-machine or other device for raising or lowering persons or things vertically from a lower to a higher level or vice versa. (See elevator, 4.) A lift in a canal is a large machine-elevator sometimes used instead of a lock.
    • n lift In mining, a set of pumps.
    • n lift A handle, knob, or other device attached to windows and window-blinds to afford a hold in raising or lowering them.
    • n lift One of the steps or grooves of a cone-pulley. The speed of the hoist is varied by changing the belt from lift to lift.
    • n lift The long stock or rod of a deep well-pump.
    • n lift In a ship's rigging, one of the ropes connecting the ends of a yard with a masthead or cap. By means of such ropes the yards are squared or trimmed—that is, brought into and held in a position at right angles with the mast.
    • n lift A machine for exercising the body by the act of lifting. Also called lifting-machine and health-lift.
    • n lift In a lathe and in other machine-tools, any one of the ledges, flats, or grooves on or in the periphery of the headstock-pulley, and of a similar pulley of the shaft or countershaft from which power is taken. These lifts are so proportioned and arranged that shifting the belt from a lift of a given diameter to one of a smaller diameter on the headstock-pulley compels it to be also shifted from a lift of smaller to one of larger diameter on the countershaft-pulley. Thus several definite changes of speed of rotation may be obtained with the same belt.
    • n lift That which is lifted or is to be lifted. Specifically— A weight to be raised: as, a heavy lift.
    • n lift In a boot or shoe, one of the thicknesses of leather which are pegged together to form the heel; a heel-lift.
    • n lift A last resort; a desperate emergency.
    • lift To remove surreptitiously; take and carry away; steal; purloin: as, to lift cattle.
    • lift To practise theft; steal.
    • n lift A thief.
    • lift An obsolete form of left.
    • lift In cricket, to hit (the ball) high into the air.
    • lift In archery, to shoot at an elevation, or with a high trajectory, in order to cover the required distance: said of an arrow.
    • lift In forestry, to pry up (seedlings in a seed-bed), so that they may be pulled up by hand for transplanting.
    • lift To pay off; take off (a mortgage).
    • lift To bring (a constellation) above the horizon in sailing, etc.
    • lift To drive (sheep or cattle) to market.
    • n lift In coal-mining, a slice or cut taken off a pillar in stoping.
    • n lift In textile-manuf., the extent of the traverse of a guide-eye or bobbin, as on a spinningframe.
    • n lift In lawn-tennis, a little added power at tho end of the stroke.
    • n lift the lifts of the yards on the mainmast; the supports for the yards: specifically, the lifts of the main yard.
    • n lift the lifts of the yards on the mizzenmast; the supports for the yards.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Experiments have shown that, ants are capable of lifting 50 times their own weight and pulling loads 300 times their own weight.
    • n Lift lift (Scot.) the air, heavens, sky.
    • v.t Lift lift to bring to a higher position: to elevate or keep elevated: to elate: to take and carry away: :
    • v.i Lift to rise: to try to rise
    • n Lift act of lifting: that which is to be raised: that which assists to lift: a hoisting-machine: advancement
    • v.t Lift lift (obs.) to bear, support
    • v.t Lift lift (slang) to arrest: to steal
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  • Oprah Winfrey
    “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.”
  • A. Lou Vickery
    A. Lou Vickery
    “Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”
  • Miss Piggy
    Miss Piggy
    “Never eat anything you can't lift.”
  • Miss Piggy
    Miss Piggy
    “Never eat more than you can lift.”


A rising tide lifts all boats - This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. lypta, fr. lopt, air; akin to Sw. lyfta, to lift, Dan. löfte, G. lüften,; -- prop., to raise into the air. See Loft, and cf. 1st Lift
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. lyptalopt, the air.


In literature:

She felt her hand lifted, drawn within his arm, covered close with his warm trembling clasp.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In seconds it lifted and swept around in a great half-circle.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Pete lifted her down as he had lifted her up.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He lifted the cup to his lips and sipped with a wry face.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
To raise up one end of it by hoisting on the lift, as the spanker-boom is lifted before setting the sail.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He lifted it to his nose and sniffed it.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
Pete lifted thin, straw-colored eyebrows in questioning, but June had no intention of telling what had taken place.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Before he could lift a finger Jim was upon him like a panther.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The gesture as he had lifted his hat indicated refinement.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
That harmony speaks to our hearts, and lifts up our souls!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

Turn and see me, Son of Man!
Turn and lift thy Father's child;
Scarce I walk where once I ran:
Carry me—the wind is wild!
"Written For One In Sore Pain" by George MacDonald
His fate will fall before the ship's,
Whate'er the ship betide;
He lifts the trumpet to his lips
As though he kissed a bride.
"The Trumpeter" by Helen Gray Cone
From rolling tides of vengeful thought,
Oh, lift us far above,
And may we thank Thee as we ought,
From pleasant seas of love.
"Hate" by Thomas Frederick Young
He smiled amid them lifting
Pale hands of prayer and peace--
And through the moonlight, drifting,
Came words to me like these:
"The Message Of The Lilies" by Madison Julius Cawein
He lifted up the coverlett,
He lifted up the sheete ;
How now, how now, thou little Musgràve,
Dost find my gaye ladye sweete ?
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
They all were looking for a king
To slay their foes, and lift them high:
Thou cam'st a little baby thing
That made a woman cry.
"That Holy Thing" by George MacDonald

In news:

6 Moves to Lift Your Bottom Up.
Preston Curtis rushed for the first touchdown of the game, and returned an interception for pay dirt in the fourth quarter to lift East over Box Elder in the 4A quarterfinals.
Aquilani's brace lifts Fiorentina over Atalanta.
Courtlan Gordon ran for four touchdowns and Trevor Jones added two TDs to lift Brandywine to a 39-14 win over Lake Michigan Catholic on Friday.
34 for All Day Ski Lift Ticket at Mt Baldy (reg.
Peak 7 is now the first stop on the BreckConnect gondola, which means lift lines.
Budget Botox: $25 for Bungee 'Face-Lift'.
Tockman's squeeze bunt lifts Eureka to tourney title.
London's first cable car lifts off.
Cam lift, or lobe lift, is the distance between the cam lobe base circle (the smallest diameter on the lobe) and the highest point on the lobe (the largest diameter).
After 17 years of lifting furniture, Marilyn Cooler is ready to lift a grandchild instead.
Use the attachment 's lifting rings to connect chains to help lift rear-load containers, compactors, or other items.
The Binder E-Z Lift harnesses are compact, lightweight, fully portable lift devices that allow from one to nine individuals to assist in the lifting process.
Coming off the production line to achieve this historic milestone for the company was the ST 1082 Mobile Column Lift — a heavy-duty vehicle lift capable of lifting up to 18,000 pounds per column.
The E-Z Lift harness was developed to provide a safe and more efficient way of providing lift assistance to fallen individuals where a mechanical lift device is not available or practical to use.

In science:

P ′ ), and ki ∈ OK ′ [(Xi )i∈I ′ ] a lifting of z e′ hi ∈ OK ′ [(Xi )i∈I ′ ] a lifting of zi/z e′ ι /zi (for i ∈ P ′ ).
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
In natural theories each vector field tangent to the spacetime manifold can be naturally lifted to a vector field tangent to the configuration bundle and moreover this lifted vector field is a symmetry for the Lagrangian .
The First Law of Isolated Horizons via Noether Theorem
Lift of vectors f from M to T M is called smooth lift if it maps each smooth vector field in M to a smooth vector field in T M .
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
From diagram (5.13) there should exist a canonical global lifting, i.e. a lifting defined over Spec F(x).
The additive dilogarithm
Hence by the lifting theorem in [EH] and the nuclearity of K, the identity map A → A has a unital completely positive lifting ϕ : A → B .
A new application of Random Matrices: Ext(C*_{red}(F_2)) is not a group