from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small elevator used to convey food or other goods from one floor of a building to another.
- n. A portable serving stand or table.
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- n. A small lift / elevator used to move food etc. from one floor of a building to another.
- n. A portable table used for serving.
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This device is more commonly known as the dumbwaiter, and later became an important means of delivering garbage to the basement of apartment buildings built in the early 1900s.
The food ordered from behind the counter comes up from the kitchen below on a dumbwaiter, which is very exciting for anyone who grew up watching Webster (but wasn‘t rich enough to have an actualdumbwaiter themselves).
Casey: In that kitchen, some of the equipment worked, some of it didn't and we had to use the dumbwaiter.
- Open dumbwaiter and put the fire extinguisher in
As Mr. Tarrant told me in a 2007 interview, he heard, through a dumbwaiter door to the galley, Callaghan speaking in low, grave tones about the battle plan he would use that night off Guadalcanal.
But both, to gauge by the squalid setting, by the way they spring to attention at the sounding of a disembodied voice that issues from the dumbwaiter, are low men on the totem pole.
Here, in one corner, a perforated aluminum screen, wooden closet doors, metal grate, dumbwaiter and wood-block floor all converge.
The bakery, still run by family members, hasn't changed much in 100 years, with its dumbwaiter to deliver the knishes from the cellar.
It started out clumsy and uncomfortable, like trying to swing dance in a dumbwaiter.
Full basement*, first floor with 30' ceilings**, mezannine with marble floor tile and a piano in it, attic with slanty-roofed bedrooms, dumbwaiter, laundry chute ... great house to be chased around by dinosaurs trying to kill you!