maglev

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

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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, baltimoresun.com, "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 Since Elon Musk popularized the idea in the primordial soup of 2013, at least four companies have seized the maglev tube mantle, determined to deliver an actual whoosh. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The 11 Hypiest Hyperloop Projects We've Been Promised So Far," 20 Apr. 2018 All transportation will be via underground maglev trains, like Japan’s Chuo Shinkansen under construction now, or electric/hybrid cars, which constituted over half the new cars sold in Norway in 2017. New York Times, "What’s It Like to Visit Wakanda? You Had Some (Great) Ideas," 3 Apr. 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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