grain elevator

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English[edit]

A grain elevator.

Noun[edit]

grain elevator (plural grain elevators)

  1. (agriculture, North America) A large structure for the storage of grain. It is more specialized than a regular granary in that in uses an elevating mechanism to hold the grain in one of many different bins, and that it it designed to fill large trucks and train cars for shipping grain in bulk.
    • 1922, Joseph Bernard Kenkel, The Cooperative Elevator Movement: A Study in Grain Marketing at Country Points in the North Central States, Catholic University of America, pg. 97
      By analyzing the costs of operating a country grain elevator these advantages, if any exist, should appear.
    • 1980, United States Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Health and Safety, A staff report on the oversight of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with respect to grain elevator fires and explosions, U.S. Govt. Print. Off. pg 3
      Interest in the safety and health of workers in grain elevators has increased substantially since the series of recent grain elevator explosions and fires.
    • 1996, Lisa Mahar-Keplinger, Grain Elevators, Princeton Architectural Press, ISBN 1878271350, pg. 9
      As the grain elevator and other industrial structures became more common on the plains, they redefind the traditional pastoral image of the American landscape.

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