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levitation

[lev-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌlɛv ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or phenomenon of levitating.
2.
the raising or rising of a body in air by supernatural means.
Origin of levitation
1660-1670
1660-70; levitate + -ion
Related forms
levitational, adjective
levitative, adjective
self-levitation, noun
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Examples from the web for levitation
  • It could thus present an alternative to much more expensive magnetic-levitation trains.
  • The same magnitude in employment may bring the construction of the magnetic levitation train network.
  • Likewise, certain cultures incorporate levitation myths.
  • Lately he has been experimenting with food levitation.
  • The levitation magnets on the vehicle act as the rotor.
  • Electrostatic levitation has been achieved mainly at the research level.
  • Testing included evaluation of the propulsion and control systems, and initial levitation.
Word Origin and History for levitation
n.

1660s, noun of action from Latin levitas (see levitate) + -ion.

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