Lift

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

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • the act of giving temporary assistance ,
  • the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity ,
  • the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity" ,
  • a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground ,
  • a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill ,
  • a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg ,
  • one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot ,
  • 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 ,
  • 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" , 10. transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable) , 1
  • a ride in a car; "he gave me a lift home" , 1
  • the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"

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Lift Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An elevator or lift is a vertical transport vehicle that efficiently moves people or goods between floors of a building. They are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables and counterweight systems, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston. Languages other than English may have loanwords based on either elevator (e.g., Japanese) or lift (e.g., Cantonese). Because of wheelchair access laws, elevators are often a legal requirement in new multi-story buildings, especially where wheelchair ramps would be impractical.

Some argue that lifts began as simple rope or chain hoists. A lift is essentially a platform that is either pulled or pushed up by a mechanical means. A modern day lift consists of a cab (also called a "cage" or "car") mounted on a platform within an enclosed space called a shaft or sometimes a "hoistway". In the past, lift drive mechanisms were powered by steam and water hydraulic pistons. In a "traction" lift, cars are pulled up by means of rolling steel ropes over a deeply grooved pulley, commonly called a sheave in the industry. The weight of the car is balanced with a counterweight. Sometimes two lifts always move synchronously in opposite directions, and they are each other's counterweight



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* Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven A spark of that immortal fire With angels shared, by Allah given To lift from earth our low desire. - George Gordon Byron

* The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else. - Arnold Bennett

* When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius lift up thy head - William Blake


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