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1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.

2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift.

3. Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon. The goat gives the fox a lift. (L'Estrange)

4. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted; as: a hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.

An exercising machine.

5. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.

6. A lift gate. See lift gate, below.

7. A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.

8. (Science: machinery) One of the steps of a cone pulley.

9. A layer of leather in the heel.

10. That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given. Dead lift. See dead. Lift bridge, a kind of drawbridge, the movable part of which is lifted, instead of being drawn aside. Lift gate, a gate that is opened by lifting. Lift hammer. See tilt hammer. Lift lock, a canal lock. Lift pump, a lifting pump. Lift tenter, the cross wall at the head of the lock.

The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.

Origin: as.lyft air. See Loft.

1. 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; som fd4 etimes 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.

2. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; often with up. The roman virtues lift up mortal man. (Addison) Lest, being lifted up with pride. (i Tim. Iii. 6)

3. To bear; to support.

4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.

5. [Perh. A different word, and akin to goth. Hliftus thief, hlifan to steal, L. Clepere, gr. Cf. Shoplifter] to steal; to carry off by theft (especially. Cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.

in old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted. He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. (Shak) to lift up, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures, specifically, to elevate upon the cross. To lift up the eyes. To look up; to raise the eyes, as in prayer. To lift up the feet, to come speedily to one's relief. To lift up the hand. To take an oath. To pray. To engage in duty. To lift up the hand against, to rebel against; to assault; to attack; to injure; to oppress. To lift up one's head, to cause one to be exalted or to rejoice. . To lift up the heel against, to treat with insolence or unkindness. To lift up the voice, to cry aloud; to call out.

Origin: Icel. Lypta, fr. Lopt air; akin to Sw.lyfta to lift, dan. Lofte, g. Luften; prop, to raise into the air. See Loft, and cf. 1st lift.