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 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, "Japan’s 375-MPH Levitating Train Is a Commuter's Dream Come True," 3 Feb. 2020 Those ridership studies also will determine whether the demand for maglev is significant enough for the system to be financially sustainable, project officials say. Washington Post, "The high-speed ‘maglev’ promises many things, but at what cost?," 24 Feb. 2018 Maryland Baltimore: Four chambers of commerce in the state are endorsing a plan to build a $10 billion high-speed maglev train between Baltimore and Washington. USA TODAY, "First Spouse Dolls, Snowstang, sand sculpture: News from around our 50 states," 7 Dec. 2019 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

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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