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1North American a platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels:in the elevator she pressed the button for the lobby a machine consisting of an endless belt with scoops attached, used typically for raising grain to be stored in an upper story. North American a tall building used for storing large quantities of grain. 2a hinged flap on the horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft, typically one of a pair, used to control the motion of the aircraft about its lateral axis. 3a muscle whose contraction raises a part of the body:elevators of the upper lip 4North American trademark (also elevator shoe) a shoe with a raised insole designed to make the wearer appear taller.