lev·​i·​ta·​tion ˌle-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce levitation (audio)
: the act or process of levitating
especially : the rising or lifting of a person or thing by means held to be supernatural
levitational adjective

Examples of levitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mayer shrewdly understood his role: offering ballast and tasteful guitar levitations, dressing understatedly, careful not to overshadow Ace, just another gifted player in a tight but loose band. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Chang stressed that the levitation observed does not necessarily mean that the material is a superconductor—there are many materials that exhibit strong diamagnetism, which could be hard to distinguish from perfect diamagnetism, that are not superconductors, such as bismuth and graphite. Will Henshall, Time, 3 Aug. 2023 There are more likely explanations for the levitation, explains Richard Greene, a condensed matter physicist at the University of Maryland, including magnetic properties in the compound in its normal, non-superconducting state. WIRED, 2 Aug. 2023 With the help of a control system based on NI’s user-programmable FPGA instruments, the team developed a prototype of an air-bearing levitation system that allows a pod to achieve transonic speeds. David Wilson, IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2019 But hopes that levitation meant that LK-99 is a superconductor were dashed this week after another preprint posed another explanation for why the material might float. Justine Calma, The Verge, 10 Aug. 2023 However, levitation could just mean that the material is diamagnetic—a common property found in many materials including copper—says Clarke. Will Henshall, Time, 3 Aug. 2023 Psychic metal bending wasn’t among the dozen or so genres of magic, like card tricks or levitation. David Segal, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2023 Advertisement After the experiments, the students agreed that quantum levitation was more stable than magnetic levitation. Lila Levinson, Dallas News, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of levitation was in 1668

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“Levitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitation. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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lev·​i·​ta·​tion ˌlev-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce levitation (audio)
: the act or process of levitating
especially : the rising or lifting of a person or thing as if by magic

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