Escalator



[es-kuh-ley-ter] /ˈɛs kəˌleɪ tər/

noun
1.
Also called moving staircase, moving stairway. a continuously moving stairway on an endless loop for carrying passengers up or down.
2.
a means of rising or descending, increasing or decreasing, etc., especially by stages:
the social escalator.
3.
.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or included in an :
The union demands escalator protection of wages.
/ˈɛskəˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a moving staircase consisting of stair treads fixed to a conveyor belt, for transporting passengers between levels, esp between the floors of a building
2.
short for escalator clause
n.

1900, American English, trade name of an Otis Elevator Co. moving staircase, coined from escalade + -ator in elevator. Figurative use is from 1927.

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