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escalator Explained

escalator at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


escalator at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1900, Amer.Eng., trade name of an Otis Elevator Co. moving staircase, coined from escalade, a c.1600 borrowing from M.Fr., where it meant "an assault with ladders on a fortification" (from L. scala "ladder") + -ator in elevator. Fig. use is from 1927. Verb escalate is a 1922 back-formation that came into general use with a sense of "raise" after 1959. Escalation in the fig. sense is from 1938, in ref. to the battleship arms race among world military powers. ///

escalator at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1900-2000; Origin: escalade 'to climb up' (16-21 centuries) (from French, from Italian scalare) + elevator]// a set of moving stairs that take people to different levels in a building//

escalator at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Moving staircase used as transportation between floors or levels in stores, airports, subways, and other mass pedestrian areas. The name was first applied to a moving stairway shown at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Modern escalators are electrically powered, driven by chain and sprocket, and held in place by two tracks. As the treads approach a landing, they pass through a comb device; a switch cuts off power if an object becomes jammed between comb and treads.

escalator at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

a moving staircase that carries people between different floors of a large building

escalator at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

a moving staircase that carries people between different floors of a large building

Escalator at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Escalator \Es"ca*la`tor\, n. [NL. Cf. {Escalade}.]
A stairway or incline arranged like an endless belt so that
the steps or treads ascend or descend continuously, and one
stepping upon it is carried up or down; -- a trade term.

escalator at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a
decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending
on certain conditions (as a change in the cost of living
index) [syn: {escalator clause}]
2: a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating
belt [syn: {moving staircase}, {moving stairway}]

escalator at English (WD) Of Explained:

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From Inter: term » Escalator created by American inventor Category: w - :Charles Seeberger|Charles Seeberger in 1900, from Inter: etyl » la|en Inter: term » e||from", "out of|lang=la + Inter: term » scala||step|lang=la + Inter: term » -or||lang=en, which forms nouns of agency. Formerly a trademark. See: Category: Appendix - :Etymology/escalator|the appendix. Broader usage may be influenced by Inter: term » escalate||lang=en For an alternative etymology, see Online Etymology Dictionary.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tə/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: enPR » esʹkə-lā-tər, Inter: IPA » /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tɚ/
  • Inter: hyphenation » es|ca|la|tor


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A motor-driven mechanical device consisting of a continuous loop of steps that automatically conveys people from one floor to another.
    1. An upward or progressive course.
    2. Inter: quote-news » author=Froma Harrop|title=Housing aid may revive American dream for Latinos|work=Houston Chronicle|date=‎Feb 19|year=2009‎|passage=Lots of people fell for the pitch that real estate was an up-only escalator into the American Dream
    3. An escalator clause.
    4. : They agreed to a cost-of-living escalator.

      Derived terms

      * escalator clause

      Related terms

      * escalate


      Inter: trans-top » mechanical device

  • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|roltrap
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|درج متحرك|m|tr=dáraj mutaHárrik, Inter: t- » ar|سلم متحرك|m|tr=súllam mutaHárrik, Inter: t- » ar|سلم دوار|m|tr=súllam dawwaar
  • Cantonese: Inter: tø » yue|扶手電梯|sc=Hani
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|自動扶梯|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自动扶梯|tr=zìdòng fútī|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自動電梯|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自动电梯|tr=zìdòng diàntī|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自動樓梯|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自动楼梯|tr=zìdòng lóutī|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自動鏈梯|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|自动链梯|tr=zìdòng liàntī|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|升降階梯|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|升降阶梯|tr=shēngjiàng jiētī|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|eskalátor|m, Inter: t- » cs|pohyblivé schodiště|n, Inter: t- » cs|pohyblivé schody|p, Inter: t- » cs|jezdicí schody|p
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|roltrap|m
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|eskalatoro, Inter: t+ » eo|rulŝtuparo
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|eskalaator
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|liukuportaat|p
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|escalator|m, Inter: t+ » fr|escalier mécanique|m, Inter: t+ » fr|escalateur|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Rolltreppe|f, Inter: t- » de|Fahrtreppe|f
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|דרגנוע|m|tr=dragnoa|alt=דְּרַגְנוֹעַ|sc=Hebr

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|mozgólépcső
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|rúllustigi|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|エスカレーター|tr=esukarētā
    • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|에스컬레이터|tr=eseukeolleiteo|sc=Kore
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|tangga elektrik
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: Inter: t+ » nb|rulletrapp|m|f
    • : Nynorsk: Inter: t- » nn|rulletrapp|f
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|پله برقی|tr=peleh bærghī|sc=fa-Arab, Inter: t+ » fa|پله برقی|tr=peleh bærghī|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|ruchome schody|p
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|escada rolante
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|эскалатор|m|tr=eskalátor|sc=Cyrl
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|ескалатор|m|tr=eskalator|sc=Cyrl
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|eskalator|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|eskalátor|m, Inter: t- » sk|pohyblivé schody|p
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|escalera mecánica|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|rulltrappa|c
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|yürüyen merdiven
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|thang cuốn, Inter: t+ » vi|thang máy
    • Volapük: Inter: t- » vo|rolatridem
    • Welsh: Inter: t- » cy|esgaladur|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * Inter: pedialit » e
  • Inter: commonslit » e
  • movator
  • moving pavement, moving sidewalk
  • moving ramp
  • moving walkway
  • stairway
  • step
  • travelator

  • Category: Category:English genericized trademarks -
    Translation: cs » escalator
    Translation: de » escalator
    Translation: et » escalator
    Translation: fa » escalator
    Translation: fr » escalator
    Translation: ko » escalator
    Translation: io » escalator
    Translation: id » escalator
    Translation: it » escalator
    Translation: kn » escalator
    Translation: sw » escalator
    Translation: hu » escalator
    Translation: ja » escalator
    Translation: ps » escalator
    Translation: pl » escalator
    Translation: ru » escalator
    Translation: fi » escalator
    Translation: sv » escalator
    Translation: ta » escalator
    Translation: tr » escalator
    Translation: vi » escalator
    Translation: zh » escalator