lev·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌle-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce levitation (audio) \

Definition of levitation

: the act or process of levitating especially : the rising or lifting of a person or thing by means held to be supernatural

Other Words from levitation

levitational \ ˌle-​və-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce levitation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of levitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 40-mile superconducting system for the magnetic-levitation train would be the first leg of a rail system that would carry passengers between Washington and New York in an hour. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 These jobs ranged from materials, data scientist, manufacturing at a nuclear fusion startup, mechanical engineering, and even levitation controls at the Hyperloop. Mary Juetten, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 With only a rudimentary four-track machine and a battery of studio effects — reverb, echo, delay, phase and a syrupy slow flanger that felt like the universe breathing — Perry elevated the act of recording music into a feat of levitation. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 If approved, the 40-mile magnetic-levitation train system could be in operation by 2030. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 On great days, that investment results in something like levitation. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 The device that achieves this acoustic levitation is the first to be capable of handling several objects simultaneously. Josh Howgego, Scientific American, 15 July 2013 Floating staircases are sometimes open between the treads, furthering the feeling of levitation. Lia Picard, WSJ, 20 May 2021 Typically, levitation techniques make use of electromagnetism; magnetic forces have even been used to levitate frogs. Josh Howgego, Scientific American, 15 July 2013

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First Known Use of levitation

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Levitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitation. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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