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Definition of lift:

  1. A handle.
  2. A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
  3. A layer of leather in the heel.
  4. A lift gate. See gate, below.
  5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.
  6. A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; - used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
  7. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
  8. An exercising machine.
  9. Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon.
  10. One of the steps of a cone pulley.
  11. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted
  12. That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
  13. The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.
  14. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift.
  15. To bear; to support.
  16. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
  17. To live by theft.
  18. To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; -- said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden.
  19. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; - often with up.
  20. To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
  21. To steal; to carry off by theft ( esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.
  22. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.


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