levitation

noun
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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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 Thyssenkrupp, which also makes railway equipment, has harnessed high-speed rail technology to create Multi, a system held in place and accelerated by electromagnetic forces like those used for magnetic-levitation trains. The Economist, "Higher still and higherNew lift technology is reshaping cities," 19 Dec. 2017 So how to get the levitation without disturbing the air remains a mystery. Jeff Burlew, USA TODAY, "Science of 'Star Wars': Lightsabers closer to reality than a galaxy far, far away," 13 Dec. 2017 The mother-of-four from England has witnessed everything from the casual levitation of spoons, to light fixtures swinging violently without any wind, and once she was badly bruised from a spirit pinning her down to a bed. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "Woman Claims She's Being Attacked By The Ghost of Her Brother," 17 Mar. 2015 The ads depict masters performing elaborate tricks, including Howard Thurston’s levitation spectacles and Harry Houdini’s famed escapes. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "The Art of Magic," 7 July 2017 Self-rising flour must study self-actualization, meditation, levitation. Leah Eskin, idahostatesman, "Self-rising flour can be made at home," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of levitation

1668, in the meaning defined above

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