I. noun Etymology: from Escalator, a trademark Date: 1900 1. a. a power-driven set of stairs arranged like an endless belt that ascend or descend continuously b. an upward course suggestive of an escalator <
a never-stopping escalator of economic progress — D. W. Brogan
2. an escalator clause or provision II. adjective Date: 1930 providing for a periodic proportional upward or downward adjustment (as of prices or wages) <
an escalator arrangement tying the base pay…to living costs — N. Y. Times

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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