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     Elevator or Lift





The earliest known reference to an elevator is in the works of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who reported that Archimedes (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC) built his first elevator probably in 236 BC.[9] Some sources from later historical periods mention elevators as cabs on a hemp rope powered by hand or by animals.

In 1000, the Book of Secrets by al-Muradi in Islamic Spain described the use of an elevator-like lifting device, in order to raise a large battering ram to destroy a fortress.[10] In the 17th century the prototypes of elevators were located in the palace buildings of England and France. Louis XV of France had a so-called 'flying chair' built for one of his mistresses at the Chateau de Versailles in 1743.[11]

Ancient and medieval elevators used drive systems based on hoists or windlasses. The invention of a system based on the screw drive was perhaps the most important step in elevator technology since ancient times, leading to the creation of modern passenger elevators. The first screw drive elevator was built by Ivan Kulibin and installed in Winter Palace in 1793. Several years later another of Kulibin's elevators was installed in Arkhangelskoye near Moscow.


. Elevator

  • noun

a person or thing that elevates or raises.
a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from onelevel to another, as in a building.
any of various mechanical devices for raising objects or materials.
a building in which grain is stored and handled by means ofmechanical elevator and conveyor devices.
Aeronautics. a hinged horizontal surface on an airplane or the like,used to control the longitudinal inclination and usually placed at thetail end of the fuselage.
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wow I didn't know elevators were used that long ago