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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Elevator \El"e*va`tor\, n. [L., one who raises up, a deliverer: cf. F. ['e]l['e]vateur.] 1. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] 4. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain. [1913 Webster] 5. (Anat.) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye. [1913 Webster] 6. (Surg.) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone. [1913 Webster] 7. (A["e]ronautics) 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Elevator head, Elevator leg, & Elevator boot, the boxes in which the upper pulley, belt, and lower pulley, respectively, run in a grain elevator. [1913 Webster] Elevator shoes, shoes having unusually thick soles and heels, designed to make a person appear taller than he or she actually is. [PJC]