Definition of 'lift'
The act of giving temporary assistance
The component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity [syn: aerodynamic lift, 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 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, lift]
Plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised; "some actresses have more than one face lift" [syn: face lift, facelift, lift, face lifting, cosmetic surgery, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty, nip and tuck]
Transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable) [syn: airlift, lift]
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, heave]
Raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load" [syn: raise, lift, elevate, get up, bring up] [ant: bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down]
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]
Move upward; "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows" [syn: rise, lift, arise, move up, go up, come up, uprise] [ant: come down, descend, fall, go down]
Make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
Cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]
Make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]
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, lift]
Raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: lift, raise, elevate]
Take off or away by decreasing; "lift the pressure"
Pay off (a mortgage)
Take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property [syn: plagiarize, plagiarise, lift]
Take illegally; "rustle cattle" [syn: rustle, lift]
Fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means; "Food is airlifted into Bosnia" [syn: airlift, lift]
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. [1913 Webster]
- Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
- 2. To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it. [1913 Webster]
- 3. [See Lift, v. t., 5.] To steal; also, to live by theft. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
- Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), n. [AS. lyft air. See Loft.] The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament. [Obs. or Scot.] [1913 Webster]
- 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. [1913 Webster]
- 2. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up. [1913 Webster]
- The Roman virtues lift up mortal man. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
- Lest, being lifted up with pride. --1 Tim. iii. 6. [1913 Webster]
- 3. To bear; to support. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
- 4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise. [1913 Webster]
- 5. [Perh. a different word, and akin to Goth. hliftus thief, hlifan to steal, L. clepere, Gr. kle`ptein. Cf. Shoplifter.] To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle. [1913 Webster]
- Note: In old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted. [1913 Webster]
- He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
- To lift up, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures, specifically, to elevate upon the cross. --John viii. 28.
- To lift up the eyes. To look up; to raise the eyes, as in prayer. --Ps. cxxi. 1.
- To lift up the feet, to come speedily to one's relief. --Ps. lxxiv. 3.
- 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.
- To lift up the hand against, to rebel against; to assault; to attack; to injure; to oppress. --Job xxxi. 21.
- To lift up one's head, to cause one to be exalted or to rejoice. --Gen. xl. 13. --Luke xxi. 28.
- To lift up the heel against, to treat with insolence or unkindness. --John xiii.18.
- To lift up the voice, to cry aloud; to call out. --Gen. xxi. 16. [1913 Webster]
- Lift \Lift\, n.
- 1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted. [1913 Webster]
- 2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
- 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 town. [Colloq.] [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 lifted; as: (a) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter. [Chiefly Brit.] (b) An exercising machine. [1913 Webster]
- 5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals. [1913 Webster]
- 6. A lift gate. See Lift gate, below. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
- 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. [1913 Webster]
- 8. (Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley. [1913 Webster]
- 9. (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel. [1913 Webster]
- 10. (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given. --Saunier. [1913 Webster]
- 11. A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement. [PJC]
- Dead lift. See under Dead. --Swift.
- Lift bridge, a kind of drawbridge, the movable part of which is lifted, instead of being drawn aside.
- Lift gate, a gate that is opened by lifting.
- Lift hammer. See Tilt hammer.
- Lift lock, a canal lock.
- Lift pump, a lifting pump.
- Lift tenter (Windmills), a governor for regulating the speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action of grinding machinery according to the speed.
- Lift wall (Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the lock. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'lift'
- 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. [1913 Webster]
- 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. [1913 Webster]
- 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. [1913 Webster]
- 4. A building for elevating, storing, and discharging, grain. [1913 Webster]
- 5. (Anat.) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the body, as the leg or the eye. [1913 Webster]
- 6. (Surg.) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of a bone. [1913 Webster]
- 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.]
- Elevator head, Elevator leg, & Elevator boot, the boxes in which the upper pulley, belt, and lower pulley, respectively, run in a grain elevator. [1913 Webster]
- Elevator shoes, shoes having unusually thick soles and heels, designed to make a person appear taller than he or she actually is. [PJC]
Synonyms of 'lift'
From: Moby Thesaurus
- a leg up,
- aerial heights,
- be poised,
- blue sky,
- bring forward,
- buoy up,
- canopy of heaven,
- cast up,
- chopping sea,
- dirty water,
- dizzy heights,
- ebb and flow,
- gantry crane,
- gaseous envelope,
- go straight,
- gravity wave,
- Great Leap Forward,
- ground swell,
- heavy sea,
- heavy swell,
- helping hand,
- hold up,
- hydraulic tailgate,
- improve upon,
- jerk up,
- knock up,
- leg up,
- lift up,
- make accounts square,
- make an improvement,
- make off with,
- moving staircase,
- Olympian heights,
- pay in full,
- pay off,
- pay the bill,
- pay the shot,
- pay up,
- perk up,
- pick up,
- raise up,
- rear up,
- refine upon,
- rise and fall,
- rising ground,
- rough water,
- run away with,
- rush of emotion,
- set up,
- square accounts,
- starry heaven,
- stick up,
- straighten out,
- strike a balance,
- Sunday drive,
- surge of emotion,
- take away,
- take up,
- the blue,
- the blue serene,
- throw up,
- tidal bore,
- tidal wave,
- tide wave,
- tremor of excitement,
- upward mobility,
- vantage ground,
- vantage point,
- vault of heaven,
- walk off with,
- water wave,
- white horses,
Words containing 'Lift'
- To lift up,
- lift off,
- lift out,
- lift up,
- Dead lift,
- Health lift,
- Lift bridge,
- Lift gate,
- Lift hammer,
- Lift lock,
- Lift pump,
- Lift tenter,
- Lift wall,
- Lifting bridge,
- Lifting jack,
- Lifting machine,
- Lifting pump,
- Lifting rod,
- Lifting sail,
- 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,
- Topping lift,
- aerodynamic lift,
- alpine lift,
- chair lift,
- face lift,
- face lifting,
- give a lift,
- heavy lifting,
- lifting device,
- ski lift,
- surface lift,
- table lifting,
- top lift,
- To lift up one's head,
- t-bar lift,