escalator Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"escalator" in British English

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escalatornoun [C]

uk   /ˈes.kə.leɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
B2 a set of ​stairsmoved up or down by ​electricpower on which ​people can ​stand and be taken from one ​level of a ​building to another, ​especially in ​shops, ​railwaystations, and ​airports: I'll ​meet you by the up/down escalator on the second ​floor.
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  • Sorry but the escalator is out of use; you'll have to take the ​stairs.
  • I cannot take this ​pram up the escalator, so I ​hope there is a ​lift I can use.
(Definition of escalator from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"escalator" in American English

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escalatornoun [C]

 us   /ˈes·kəˌleɪ·t̬ər/
a set of ​stairs that moves by ​electricpower and on which ​people can ​stand to be taken up and down from one ​level to another, usually within a ​building
(Definition of escalator from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “escalator”
in Korean 에스컬레이터…
in Arabic سُلَّم كَهْربائي, مُتَحَرِّك…
in Malaysian eskalator…
in French escalier roulant…
in Russian эскалатор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自動手扶梯,電梯…
in Italian scala mobile…
in Turkish yürüyen merdiven…
in Polish ruchome schody…
in Spanish escalera mecánica…
in Vietnamese thang cuốn…
in Portuguese escada rolante…
in Thai บันไดเลื่อน…
in German die Rolltreppe…
in Catalan escala mecànica…
in Japanese エスカレーター…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自动扶梯…
in Indonesian tangga berjalan…
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