lev·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌle-və-ˈtā-shən \

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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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 In addition to this, there are no contact areas between the track and the pod, due to the levitation. Alice Bonasio, Ars Technica, "Is it time to take the Hyperloop seriously?," 4 Mar. 2018 So instead, the BYU team figured out how to do a sort of controlled levitation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "3D, volume-filled imagery created with hovering dots," 27 Jan. 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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