often attributive
: 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
: a train utilizing maglev technology

Examples of maglev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web France and Germany have agreed to launch a new route using France’s maglev bullet train, TGV, to whisk travelers between Paris and Berlin via Strasbourg in seven hours. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Jan. 2024 But the Boring Company's plans scaled back from maglev trains and vacuum tubes to high-speed electric pods and then to just regular Teslas with human drivers, and interest waned. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2023 By that time, any thoughts of maglev or even mass transit had evaporated. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2023 Business Column: Scientists are paying a huge personal price in the lonely fight against anti-vaxxers Oct. 20, 2023 Additionally, observes Scientific American, superconductors repel magnetic fields, which could lead to more efficient magnetic levitation, or maglev, trains. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Baltimore’s maglev terminal would be built on the Westport site. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2023 The Westport property would be needed for the high-speed maglev rail regardless of the route, with route alternatives to be determined as part of an environmental impact statement through a process under the federal National Environmental Policy Act. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2023 Evans, in a disclosure submitted in May, reported the compensation and that his work involved a bill that would have prohibited state funding for maglev projects. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 27 July 2023 The longest unspooled a fascinating dissertation-scale rumination on where best to locate maglev trains in the United States. Linda Chong, Washington Post, 7 July 2023 See More

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Word History


magnetic levitation

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maglev was in 1970

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“Maglev.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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