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

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of relying on an infrastructure project like the maglev, many in Oshika stress the need for sustainable development. Takehiko Kambayashi, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 Her organization also has weighed in against the maglev with the Federal Railroad Administration. Lorraine Mirabella,, 7 Mar. 2022 The rail project has been in the planning stage for about a decade and received a significant boost when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed financing the stretch between D.C. and Baltimore to promote the Japanese maglev technology. Lorraine Mirabella,, 7 Mar. 2022 If approved, the maglev could be operational by 2030. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Several new maglev networks are reportedly under construction, including one linking Shanghai and Hangzhou and another connecting Chengdu and Chongqing. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 21 July 2021 The cost to ride the maglev would be higher than using Amtrak. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 All this movement poses a challenge for Bivacor’s maglev rotor. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 The maglev could begin operating as early as 2030, the report says. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 See More

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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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“Maglev.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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