noun, often attributive
mag·​lev | \ ˈmag-lev\

Definition of maglev

1 : the use of the physical properties of magnetic fields generated by superconducting magnets to cause an object (such as a vehicle) to float above a solid surface
2 : a train utilizing maglev technology

Examples of maglev in a Sentence

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The new Chinese train won’t be the world’s first maglev train. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "China's new high-speed train will 'float' over tracks to hit 370 miles an hour," 5 June 2019 The Cave of the Winds now boasts unique aeronautical adventure courses in which jetpacks, hovercraft, maglev transportation and other small air technologies are tested. New York Times, "What’s It Like to Visit Wakanda? You Had Some (Great) Ideas," 3 Apr. 2018 Discussion of a maglev system for the Washington region goes back at least two decades. Washington Post, "Enthusiasm for ‘maglev’ train between D.C., Baltimore mounts — as does opposition," 6 Jan. 2018 Dennis Brady, leader of Citizens Against SC Maglev, questioned how many jobs the maglev project would really bring to the area as well as safety issues and noise levels. Katie V. Jones, Laurel Leader, "Laurel City Council says no to maglev train," 1 Mar. 2018 The Federal Railroad Administration studied a German version of the maglev technology in the early 2000s. Washington Post, "Enthusiasm for ‘maglev’ train between D.C., Baltimore mounts — as does opposition," 6 Jan. 2018 Both the maglev proposal and the Cove Point operation have boosters, but also detractors. Kevin Rector,, "High-speed rail, liquefied natural gas, and the connections between Maryland and Japan," 10 July 2018 Cars under construction will travel along 3.9km of elevated maglev track, taking just two days from start to completion. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 Features like the shallow maglev keyboard and the Kaby Lake-G chip suggest that thinness was a goal here. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of maglev

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maglev

magnetic levitation

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