A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
n. (pl. Radices) math. Number or symbol used as the basis of a numeration scale (e.g. Ten in the decimal system). [latin, = root]
n. Gaseous radioactive inert element arising from the disintegration of radium.
adj. (-ier, -iest) (of weather, a climate, day, etc.) In or on which rain is falling or much rain usually falls. [old english: related to *rain]
- day n. Time of special need in the future.
—v. (-sing) 1 put or take into a higher position.
- (often foll. By up) cause to rise or stand up or be vertical.
- increase the amount, value, or strength of.
- (often foll. By up) construct or build up.
- levy, collect, or bring together (raise money).
- cause to be heard or considered (raise an objection).
- set going or bring into being (raise hopes).
- bring up, educate.
- breed, grow. 10 promote to a higher rank. 11 (foll. By to) multiply a quantity to a power. 12 cause (bread) to rise. 13 cards bet more than (another player). 14 end (a siege etc.). 15 remove (a barrier etc.). 16 cause (a ghost etc.) To appear. 17 colloq. Get hold of, find. 18 rouse from sleep or death, or from a lair. —n. - cards increase in a stake or bid.
- esp. Us increase in salary. raise cain colloq. = raise the roof. Raise one's eyebrows see *eyebrow. Raise from the dead restore to life. Raise a laugh cause others to laugh. Raise the roof be very angry; cause an uproar. [old norse]
—v. (-ies, -ied) 1 (often foll. By round) bring or come together as support or for action.
- bring or come together again after a rout or dispersion.
- recover after illness etc., revive.
- revive (courage etc.).
- (of share-prices etc.) Increase after a fall. —n. (pl. -ies) 1 rallying or being rallied.
- mass meeting of supporters or persons with a common interest.
- competition for motor vehicles, mainly over public roads.
- (in tennis etc.) Extended exchange of strokes. [french rallier: related to *re-, *ally]
- v. (-ies, -ied) ridicule good-humouredly. [french railler: related to *rail2]
—n. - cattle-breeding establishment, esp. In the us and canada.
- farm where other animals are bred (mink ranch). —v. Farm on a ranch. rancher n. [spanish rancho group of persons eating together]
adj. (-ier, -iest) eager for sexual gratification, lustful. randily adv. Randiness n. [perhaps related to *rant]
n. (also rani) (pl. -s) hist. Raja's wife or widow. [hindi]
—n. - a region between limits of variation, esp. Scope of effective operation. B such limits.
- area relevant to something.
- a distance attainable by a gun or projectile. B distance between a gun or projectile and its objective.
- row, series, etc., esp. Of mountains.
- area with targets for shooting.
- fireplace with ovens and hotplates for cooking.
- area over which a thing is distributed.
- distance that can be covered by a vehicle without refuelling.
- distance between a camera and the subject to be photographed. 10 large area of open land for grazing or hunting. —v. (-ging) 1 reach; lie spread out; extend; be found over a specified district; vary between limits.
- (usu. In passive or refl.) Line up, arrange.
- rove, wander.
- traverse in all directions. [french: related to *rank1]