ETYM French ascension, Latin ascensio, from ascendere. Related to Ascend.
1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
2. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation.
3. Specifically: the visible ascent of Jesus on the fortieth day after his resurrection.
An upward slope or grade (as in a road); SYN. acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgrade.
ETYM Latin elevatio: cf. French élévation.
A drawing to scale of one side of an object or building.
1. Distance above the ground or the horizon (especially of a celestial object); SYN. altitude, height.
2. Distance of something above a reference point; height.
3. Architectural drawing of the exterior of a structure, showing the structure from top to bottom (as opposed to a 'plan').
4. The event of something being raised; SYN. lift, raising.
ETYM as. lyft air. Related to Loft.
(us elevator) Device for lifting passengers and goods vertically between the floors of a building. us inventor Elisha Graves Otis developed the first passenger lift, installed in 1857. The invention of the lift allowed the development of the skyscraper from the 1880s.
A lift usually consists of a platform or boxlike structure suspended by motor-driven cables with safety ratchets along the sides of the shaft. At first steam powered the movement, but hydraulic and then electric lifts were common from the early 1900s. Lift operators worked controls and gates until lifts became automatic.
1. A ride in a car.
2. A wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground; SYN. rise.
3. The act of giving temporary assistance.
4. The act of raising something; SYN. raise, heave, elevation.
5. (British) An elevator.
1. A growth in strength or number or importance.
2. A movement upward; SYN. rising, ascent, ascension.
3. An increase in cost; SYN. boost, hike.
4. The act of changing location in an upward direction; SYN. ascent, ascension, ascending.