elevator-shaft love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In modern buildings, the inclosed space, of uniform height from top to bottom, in which an elevator-car moves up and down.


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  • Also worth seeing: an aquarium elevator-shaft in a hotel lobby (thank you, Lets Go Guide) and the iconic winged column from a favorite Wim Wenders movie.


  • There was a time when the elevator-shaft seemed to have tapped the awful sources of the smell in the house of Cervantes at

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • No doubt it would have punched through Jake's forehead above the left eye, entering his brain and ending his life, had not a strong, brown-fingered hand seized Jake by the collar at that very moment and yanked him backward through the shrill elevator-shaft whistle that sounds endlessly between the levels of the Dark Tower.

    The Dark Tower

  • There was a sharp rap at the hotel room door, and Peter's stomach did a dramatic elevator-shaft drop.

    The Season of the Machete

  • Orphia took up her position at the ticket -- collection point just along from the elevator-shaft, and Uri managed to spend a good deal of time down there with her, leaning against the door-jamb of his gleaming lift and picking his teeth with the silver toothpick his great -- grandfather had liberated from some old-time plantation boss.

    The Satanic Verses

  • An elevator-shaft on the north side was found reaching clear to the twenty-fifth floor; this would give access to the top of the building; another shaft, from the center, would take care of the floors below.


  • But James Thorold went aside to stand beside an elevator-shaft.

    The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • They moved rapidly toward the elevator-shaft, passing on their way deserted cigar - and news-stands shrouded in dirty brown clothes.

    The Brass Bowl

  • There at the far end of the hallway, a red glare already flickered on the wall around the turn by the elevator-shaft.

    Darkness and Dawn

  • Just at this moment, the door of the elevator-shaft opened on her floor -- and her knocker fell.

    Fate Knocks at the Door A Novel


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