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 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 The Hyperloop is a new form of transportation similar to the high-speed maglev trains in Japan, South Korea, and China, but has one key difference — the trains travel in a near-complete vacuum tube. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, 16 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, Virgin Hyperloop sent two passengers through its pneumatic maglev train for the first time. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2020 Some maglev trains, including very fast ones, are in service today. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 10 Nov. 2020 Train schemes had risen and, inevitably, fallen — among them a proposal for a maglev, a train levitated and propelled by magnets. Susanne Craig, Mike Mcintire And Russ Buettner, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2020 The superfast train headed into production is the Japan Railway Group's Series L0 maglev train, which hit a record-setting 375 mph in 2015. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, 3 Feb. 2020

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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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Last Updated

20 May 2021

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“Maglev.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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