• (British) IPA: /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tə/
  • (America) enPR: esʹkə-lā-tər, IPA: /ˈɛs.kə.leɪ.tɚ/

escalator (plural escalators)

  1. Anything that escalates.
    • 2006, Dudley D. Cahn, ‎Ruth Anna Abigail, Managing Conflict Through Communication (page xiv)
      Fourth, communication researchers study the role of stress and negative attitudes as key contributors to conflict, anger as an escalator of conflict, and emotional residues as barriers to reconciliation.
  2. A motor-driven mechanical device consisting of a continuous loop of steps that automatically conveys people from one floor to another.
  3. An upward or progressive course.
  4. An escalator clause.
    They agreed to a cost-of-living escalator.
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