from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A moving stairway consisting of steps attached to a continuously circulating belt.
- n. An escalator clause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A motor-driven mechanical device consisting of a continuous loop of steps that automatically conveys people from one floor to another.
- n. An upward or progressive course.
- n. An escalator clause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stairway or incline arranged like an endless belt so that the steps or treads ascend or descend continuously, and one stepping upon it is carried up or down; -- originally a trade term, which has become the generic name for such devices. Such devices are in common use in large retail establishments such as department stores, and in public buildings having a heavy traffic of persons between adjacent floors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A moving stairway.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating belt
- n. a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending on certain conditions (as a change in the cost of living index)
The vertical displacement between each successive line reflects generational differences where each successive cohort began its ascent up the life cycle escalator, or in other words, the gradual generational decline in religious observance.
Conversely, the "inconvenience" that a commuter who wanted to go to the other end of Century City would have to suffer is no greater than walking from one end of the mall to the other -- or even less since an escalator from the subway would presumably bring the commuter to the street level towards the middle of the block between Santa Monica and Constellation.
The escalator is used to a stunning and scary effect as are the shadows and lighting effects on the old recording.
This next-generation escalator is patented in the U.S.,
Occasionally when you come up the stairs or escalator from the metro you're also met by a ticket inspector.
Stunt man films himself skiing down Underground escalator: A man who filmed himself skiing down a London Underground escalator is being investigated by police.
So, the escalator is simply a wealth distribution re-organizing itself to be more productive.
Matsuzaka, whose contract includes flights for his family, housing, a massage therapist, physical therapist, personal assistant and interpreter, could earn an additional $8 million in escalator clauses for finishing high in the Cy Young voting.
What makes the Washington minimum particularly hard to manage is the fact that it has a built-in escalator, such that it rises each year based on an inflation index (as you might imagine, since labor is a major component of most goods and services, this creates a positive feedback loop).
Also, the Amish participants already are talking mall-speak in the first episode: Mose says his first ride on an escalator is "really freaking me out" and Ruth describes her first experiences -- visiting the beach, seeing a parking meter, seeing art in a gallery, you name it -- as "awesome."