Actually, many elevators (on buildings up to three or four stories
tall, anyway) don't suspend the elevator from above. Rather, they
push it from below with a big hydraulic cylinder (OK, it's not
hydraulic--it uses some other liquid, but I can't spell that, so
I went with hydraulic :-) ).
> 2. European definition: An elevator is a set of stairs that move
> up or down (as set) continuously, with passengers stepping on
> at one end and off at the other without having to move in
> between. They are usually installed in pairs, one going each
> way. I don't know what this is called in the USA.
An escalator. If you manage to get caught on one of the steps when it
tries to go under the thingy at the top or bottom, this is called
"ingestion". I find it kind of frightening that there have apparently
been enough accidents to require escalator people to have a special
name for people getting sucked into the things!
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