From the former trademark Escalator, created by American inventor Charles Seeberger in 1900, from Latin e (“from, out of”) + scala (“ladder”) + -tor, which forms nouns of agency. See the appendix. Broader usage may be influenced by escalate. For an alternative etymology, see the Online Etymology Dictionary.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) enPR: esʹkə-lā-tər, IPA(key): /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tɚ/
- Hyphenation: es‧ca‧la‧tor
- Rhymes: -eɪtə(ɹ)
escalator (plural escalators)
- Anything that escalates.
- 2006, Dudley D. Cahn, Ruth Anna Abigail, Managing Conflict Through Communication, page xiv:
- Fourth, communication researchers study the role of stress and negative attitudes as key contributors to conflict, anger as an escalator of conflict, and emotional residues as barriers to reconciliation.
- A motor-driven mechanical device consisting of a continuous loop of steps that automatically conveys people from one floor to another.
- There is a plastic molly-guard covering the escalator's shutdown button to prevent little kids from pushing it and stopping the escalator.
- 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page xiv-xv, Preface:
- I found the Tube trains morbidly fascinating, I had a simpler enthusiasm for the escalators. Everyone likes going on escalators as far as I know. It feels like a free ride, and the longer they are, the better. The only escalator in York was at Marks & Spencer's, and people would hesitate for ages before getting on, apparently waiting for the right stair to come rolling along, whereas Londoners would step on while reading a newspaper.
- 2021 June 30, Tim Dunn, “How we made... Secrets of the London Underground”, in RAIL, number 934, page 51:
- Episode Guide: [...] Episode 1 (July 13): Exploration of both ends of the abandoned branch between Holborn and Aldwych, including an interview with the driver of the last train. And a trip to Holloway Road to find out about the Tube's only spiral escalator. [This escalator never entered service]
- An upward or progressive course.
- 2009 February 19, Froma Harrop, “Housing aid may revive American dream for Latinos”, in Houston Chronicle:
- Lots of people fell for the pitch that real estate was an up-only escalator into the American Dream
- An escalator clause.
- They agreed to a cost-of-living escalator.
- (intransitive, informal) To move by escalator.
- Synonym: (rare) escalate
- We escalatored to the second floor.
escalator m (plural escalators)
escalator n (plural escalatoare)
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