1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift. Bacon.
3. Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon. [Colloq.]
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) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a
dumb waiter. (b) A handle. (c) 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. [Prov. Eng.]
7. (Naut.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; used for raising or
supporting the end of the yard.
8. (Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
9. (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.
10. (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given. Saunier.
Dead lift. See under Dead. Swift. 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 (Windmills),
a governor for regulating the speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action of grinding
machinery according to the speed. Lift wall (Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the lock.
(Lift"a*ble) a. Such as can be lifted.
1. One who, or that which, lifts.
2. (Founding) A tool for lifting loose sand from the mold; also, a contrivance attached to a cope, to hold
the sand together when the cope is lifted.
Lifting bridge, a lift bridge. Lifting jack. See 2d Jack, 5. Lifting machine. See Health
lift, under Health. Lifting pump. (Mach.) (a) A kind of pump having a bucket, or valved piston,
instead of a solid piston, for drawing water and lifting it to a high level. (b) A pump which lifts the water
only to the top of the pump, or delivers it through a spout; a lift pump. Lifting rod, a vertical rod
lifted by a rock shaft, and imparting motion to a puppet valve; used in the engines of river steamboats.
Lifting sail (Naut.), one which tends to lift a vessel's bow out of water, as jibs and square foresails.
(Lift"ing), a. Used in, or for, or by, lifting.
(Lig) v. i. [See Lie to be prostrate.] To recline; to lie still. [Obs. or Scot.] Chaucer. Spenser.
(Lig"a*ment) n. [L. ligamentum, fr. ligare to bind: cf. F. ligament. Cf. Lien, n., Ligature.]
1. Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond. Hawthorne.
Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts.Washington.