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 levitation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of levitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnetic levitation was already used on high-speed trains in Japan and Germany, and low-pressure pneumatic tubes have been used to move objects since the early 19th century. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Hyperloop wants to change the world. Not everyone's convinced.," 20 Nov. 2020 The underlying technology, of course, is a combination of pneumatic tubes and contactless levitation. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Have Taken Their First Trip Inside a Hyperloop," 11 Nov. 2020 Magnetic levitation has been used on some train systems since the 1970s. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Virgin Hyperloop completes first test with actual passengers," 8 Nov. 2020 One of Smith’s remote learning assignments for her photography class required her to edit a picture in a way that gave the illusion of levitation. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Zoom weddings and drive-by birthdays: Life’s big moments still find a way in the midst of a pandemic," 5 Apr. 2020 Her favorite performer was a vaudeville stage magician named Black Herman, who did all manner of tricks: levitation, rabbit conjure, escape. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, "Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’," 6 July 2020 Luke has supposedly achieved levitation, and so Olivia and the friends to whom she becomes attached — Laurel, Serena, Janet — circle around him, at first cautiously, then with abandon. Washington Post, "In Emily Temple’s ‘The Lightness,’ troubled teens fall hard for the promise of spirituality," 1 July 2020 Sure, some of the more out-there options—like my levitation selfie above—are easier to do with a DSLR camera, a remote shutter release, and a tripod. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Take better selfies with these lighting and angle tips," 17 June 2020 Underneath all that is what looks like a solid third-person shooter where levitation and telekenesis lead to some impactful freeform action. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 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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2 Dec 2020

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“Levitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitation. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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