The act of giving temporary assistance
The component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity [syn: aerodynamic lift
The event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: elevation
, lift, raising
A wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground [syn: lift, rise
A powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill [syn: ski tow
, ski lift
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 [syn: elevator
Transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable) [syn: airlift
A ride in a car; "he gave me a lift home"
The act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up" [syn: lift, raise
Take hold of something and move it to a different location; "lift the box onto the table"
Move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [syn: lift, raise
Make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
Make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer
Raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: hoist
, lift, wind
Invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego" [syn: raise
Raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: lift, raise
Take off or away by decreasing; "lift the pressure"
Rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: rise
, lift, rear
Pay off (a mortgage)
Take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property [syn: plagiarize
Take illegally; "rustle cattle" [syn: rustle
Fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means; "Food is airlifted into Bosnia" [syn: airlift
Take (root crops) out of the ground; "lift potatoes"
Call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
Rise upward, as from pressure or moisture; "The floor is lifting slowly"
Put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [syn: lift, raise
Remove (hair) by scalping
Remove from a seedbed or from a nursery; "lift the tulip bulbs"
Remove from a surface; "the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"
Perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face [syn: face- lift, lift]
Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), v. i.
1. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for
raising or bearing.
Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy. --Locke.
2. To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the
fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
3. [See Lift, v. t., 5.] To steal; also, to live by theft.
Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), n. [AS. lyft air. See Loft
The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament. [Obs. or Scot.]
Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lifted
; p. pr. &
vb. n. Lifting
.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw.
lyfta to lift, Dan. l["o]fte, G. l["u]ften; -- prop., to
raise into the air. See Loft
, and cf. 1st Lift.]
1. To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to
raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a
higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support
or holding in the higher place; -- said of material
things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair
or a burden.
2. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition,
estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up.
The Roman virtues lift up mortal man. --Addison.
Lest, being lifted up with pride. --1 Tim. iii.
3. To bear; to support. [Obs.] --Spenser.
4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
5. [Perh. a different word, and akin to Goth. hliftus thief,
hlifan to steal, L. clepere, Gr. kle`ptein. Cf.
.] To steal; to carry off by theft (esp.
cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.
Note: In old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted.
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. --Shak.
To lift up
, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures,
specifically, to elevate upon the cross. --John viii. 28.
To lift up the hand
(a) To take an oath. --Gen. xiv. 22.
(b) To pray. --Ps. xxviii. 2.
(c) To engage in duty. --Heb. xii. 12.
1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted;
as, a long lift. --Bacon.
3. Help; assistance, as by lifting. Hence: A ride in a
vehicle, given by the vehicle's owner to another person as
a favor -- usually in "give a lift" or "got a lift"; as,
to give one a lift in a wagon; Jack gave me a lift into
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The goat gives the fox a lift. --L'Estrange.
4. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is
(a) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
(b) An exercising machine.
5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in
6. A lift gate. See Lift gate
, below. [Prov. Eng.]
7. (Naut.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity
of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end
of the yard.
8. (Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
9. (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.
10. (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance
during which the impulse is given. --Saunier.
11. A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the
campaign workers got a lift from the President's
, a kind of drawbridge, the movable part of
which is lifted, instead of being drawn aside.
(Windmills), a governor for regulating the
speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action
of grinding machinery according to the speed.
(Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the
Elevator \El"e*va`tor\, n. [L., one who raises up, a deliverer:
cf. F. ['e]l['e]vateur.]
1. One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything.
2. A mechanical contrivance, usually an endless belt or chain
with a series of scoops or buckets, for transferring grain
to an upper loft for storage.
3. A cage or platform (called an elevator car) and the
hoisting machinery in a hotel, warehouse, mine, etc., for
conveying persons, goods, etc., to or from different
floors or levels; -- called in England a lift; the cage
or platform itself.
4. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain.
5. (Anat.) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body,
as the leg or the eye.
6. (Surg.) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a
7. (A["e]ronautics) A movable plane or group of planes used
to control the altitude or fore-and-aft poise or
inclination of an airship or flying machine.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
, shoes having unusually thick soles and
heels, designed to make a person appear taller than he or
she actually is. [PJC]
a leg up,
canopy of heaven,
ebb and flow,
Great Leap Forward,
make accounts square,
make an improvement,
make off with,
pay in full,
pay the bill,
pay the shot,
rise and fall,
run away with,
rush of emotion,
strike a balance,
surge of emotion,
the blue serene,
tremor of excitement,
vault of heaven,
walk off with,
To lift up,
To lift the hand against,
To lift the horn,
To lift up the eyes,
To lift up the feet,
To lift up the hand,
To lift up the hand against,
To lift up the heel against,
To lift up the voice,
give a lift,
To lift up one's head,
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