levitation

noun
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

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Other Words from levitation

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

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Inside Hollywood’s Magic Castle Club Jody Baron and Kathleen Pomroy perform a levitation in the Palace of Mystery. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Secret Passageway Into the World’s Most Exclusive Magic Club," 19 Dec. 2018 Musk’s original design did this with little jets of air on the bottom of each pod (similar to how an air hockey table would work if the air came out of the puck), but most hyperloop engineers now propose achieving pod levitation with magnets. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 The objective of this competition was speed; previous competitions have awarded design, innovation, levitation, and other attributes. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Student engineers build hyperloop test pods with commercial-class top speeds," 23 July 2018 The show follows a group of friends who decide to play the classic sleepover levitation game, light as a feather. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's New Show "Light as a Feather" Is "Pretty Little Liars" Meets "The Craft"," 15 Oct. 2018 Billionaire backing and the employment of passive magnetic levitation, which uses unpowered loops of wire on the track and permanent magnets in the pods to create levitation, helps address these issues. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 Richard Clarkson Studio—known for their incredible cloud lighting—collaborated with Crealev to use their levitation technology to bring a floating cloud lamp to life. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Insane Floating Cloud Lamp Could Be Yours For $4,620," 21 Sep. 2018 Although a levitation system would theoretically reduce friction on a relatively short track, there’s not much to be gained from it. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Student engineers build hyperloop test pods with commercial-class top speeds," 23 July 2018 As the show’s subtitle suggests, evoking lightness and levitation was clearly a goal; some paintings here seem ready for takeoff. Roberta Smith, Martha Schwendener, Will Heinrich And Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of levitation

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of levitation was in 1668

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