dumbwaiter
noun Date: 1737 1. a portable serving table or stand 2. a small elevator used for conveying food and dishes from one story of a building to another

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  • Dumbwaiter — may refer to: Dumbwaiter (elevator), a freight elevator or lift between building floors Lazy Susan, a small rotating table or set of cabinets used for serving food An auxiliary serving table or cart. The Dumb Waiter, a one act play by Harold… …   Wikipedia

  • dumbwaiter — 1749, an article of furniture, from DUMB (Cf. dumb) + WAITER (Cf. waiter) (apparently because it serves as a waiter but is silent). As a movable platform for passing dishes, etc., up and down from one room (especially a basement kitchen) to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dumbwaiter — [dum′wāt΄ər] n. 1. a small, portable stand for serving food, often with shelves ☆ 2. a small elevator for sending food, trash, etc. from one floor to another …   English World dictionary

  • dumbwaiter — {n.} A small elevator for carrying food, dishes, etc., from one floor to another in hotels, restaurants, or large homes. * /The banquet was delayed because the dumbwaiter broke down and the food had to be carried upstairs by hand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dumbwaiter — {n.} A small elevator for carrying food, dishes, etc., from one floor to another in hotels, restaurants, or large homes. * /The banquet was delayed because the dumbwaiter broke down and the food had to be carried upstairs by hand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dumbwaiter — noun A small elevator for carrying food, dishes, etc., from one floor to another in hotels, restaurants, or large homes. The banquet was delayed because the dumbwaiter broke down and the food had to be carried upstairs by hand …   Словарь американских идиом

  • dumbwaiter — /dum way teuhr/, n. 1. a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors. 2.… …   Universalium

  • dumbwaiter — noun a) A small lift / elevator used to move food etc. from one floor of a building to another. b) A portable table used for serving …   Wiktionary

  • dumbwaiter — dumb|wait|er [ dʌm,weıtər ] noun count a piece of equipment like a small ELEVATOR used for moving food and dishes up and down between the floors of a restaurant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dumbwaiter — see dumb waiter …   English dictionary

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