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lift

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), noun [AS. lyft air. See {Loft}.] The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament. [Obs. or Scot.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), verb (used with an object) [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. 6.

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. {Shoplifter}.] 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 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lift \Lift\ (l[i^]ft), verb (used without an object)

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}, verb (used with an object), 5.] To steal; also, to live by theft. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lift \Lift\, noun

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 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.

5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.

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 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Elevator \El"e*va'tor\, noun [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 bone.

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.

{Elevator shoes}, shoes having unusually thick soles and heels, designed to make a person appear taller than he or she actually is. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

lift

noun

1: the act of giving temporary assistance

2: the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity [syn: {aerodynamic lift}, {lift}]

3: 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}]

4: a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground [syn: {lift}, {rise}]

5: a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill [syn: {ski tow}, {ski lift}, {lift}]

6: a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg

7: one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot

8: 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}]

9: 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}]

10: transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable) [syn: {airlift}, {lift}]

11: a ride in a car; "he gave me a lift home"

12: 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}]

verb

1: 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}]

2: take hold of something and move it to a different location; "lift the box onto the table"

3: move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [syn: {lift}, {raise}]

4: 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}]

5: make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"

6: 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}]

7: make off with belongings of others [syn: {pilfer}, {cabbage}, {purloin}, {pinch}, {abstract}, {snarf}, {swipe}, {hook}, {sneak}, {filch}, {nobble}, {lift}]

8: raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: {hoist}, {lift}, {wind}]

9: invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego" [syn: {raise}, {lift}]

10: raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: {lift}, {raise}, {elevate}]

11: take off or away by decreasing; "lift the pressure"

12: rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: {rise}, {lift}, {rear}]

13: pay off (a mortgage)

14: take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property [syn: {plagiarize}, {plagiarise}, {lift}]

15: take illegally; "rustle cattle" [syn: {rustle}, {lift}]

16: fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means; "Food is airlifted into Bosnia" [syn: {airlift}, {lift}]

17: take (root crops) out of the ground; "lift potatoes"

18: call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs

19: rise upward, as from pressure or moisture; "The floor is lifting slowly"

20: put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [syn: {lift}, {raise}]

21: remove (hair) by scalping

22: remove from a seedbed or from a nursery; "lift the tulip bulbs"

23: remove from a surface; "the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"

24: perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face [syn: {face- lift}, {lift}]

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