levitation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n levitation the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
    • n levitation movement upward in virtue of lightness
    • n levitation the phenomenon of a person or thing rising into the air by apparently supernatural means
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Levitation Lightness; buoyancy; act of making light.
    • Levitation The act or process of making buoyant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n levitation The act of making light; lightness; buoyancy.
    • n levitation Among Spiritualists, the alleged phenomenon of bodies heavier than air being by spiritual means rendered buoyant in the atmosphere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Levitation lev-i-tā′shun act of rendering light: the floating in the air of heavy bodies believed in by spiritualists
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. levis, light in weight

Usage

In literature:

The formulas which are attached to the prohibitions in Levit.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He activated his levitator, floated to his boat, and pulled it away from its shelter, setting the course toward Tibara.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
Like the watchful Levite of old, be a guardian at the temple-gates of your own soul.
"The Mind of Jesus" by John R. Macduff
In the matter of the levitations and elongations, however, it is not so easy to raise the cry of sheer fraud.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
The babies were greatly exercised over the scandalous behaviour of the priest and the Levite.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
He demonstrated its existence by levitation.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
Under the Levitical law the duties of the priesthood chiefly consisted in burning the sin offerings of the people.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
Three of the Levits an' two of the Cuneys.
"The Boy from Hollow Hut" by Isla May Mullins
Floating in the air is called levitation.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The reformatory kinds of socialism are so many priests and Levites who pass by on the other side.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
And thus, thou givest the Levites of the Old Law more freedom, than to priests of the New Law!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
For instance, a learned Jewish teacher wrote an explanation of Moses' command about obeying the Levites.
"The Bible in its Making" by Mildred Duff
Levitical peculiarities suggest the ubiquitous decad of the lost tribes of Israel.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
This paper makes no reference to the above case of levitation.
"Psychic Phenomena" by Edward T. Bennett
Throughout it is assumed that the Levitical organization had been in existence from the days of David, to whom its foundation is ascribed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Bag after bag was piled onto the opposite platform, until Arangbar's side slowly began to levitate off the carpet.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
By this the Levites are to serve from thirty to fifty; in chap, viii., v. 24, it is from twenty-five to fifty.
"The Bible: what it is" by Charles Bradlaugh
LEVITATION: The creeping up of your trousers when you ride horseback, so that they supply you a necktie.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
An erring sister I pass by as the priest and Levite did the man who fell amongst thieves.
"The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer" by Richard Clynton
Leviticus is a description and discussion of the Levitical rules.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes
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In poetry:

Thrown thick o'er half a Continent,
His blood-stained victims lie;
The priest, in horror, lifts his hands,
The Levite passes by.
"The Modern Good Samaritan" by Abner Cosens
A priest of Judah, passing by,
The sufferer saw, and help denied.
A Levite toward him turned his eye,
And "passed by on the other side."
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions V" by John Pierpont
Remember the poor in yon damp dismal shed,
Without food, fire, or clothing to warm them;
And not like the Priest or the Levite pass by,
But Samaritan like stop and cheer them.
"November" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Widow. The word consumes itself —-
Body, a sheet of newsprint on the fire
Levitating a numb minute in the updraft
Over the scalding, red topography
That will put her heart out like an only eye.
"Widow" by Sylvia Plath
And from that man, beset by thieves,
And left upon the road, to die;
No aid or comfort he receives
From Priest, or Levite, passing by;
How the despised Samaritan
Proved the true neighbor to that man.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Behold the noble, rich, and great,
From Levite, Pharisee and Priest,
Down to the lowest dregs of fate,
From mightiest even to the least;
Yes, in this motley throng we find
The palsied, sick, mute, halt, and blind.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

And if you live in Arizona, it couldn't hurt to read up on levitation .
This is a video of Tel-Aviv University researchers showing how quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field can actually make an object levitate .
Check out the above video displaying quantum levitation in action that proves once again just how cool science can be.
CRISS ANGEL REVEALS SECRET TO LEVITATION TRICK.
In 1996, if all goes according to plan, magnetically levitating trains will start whisking tourists around Orlando, Florida.
Jurors in the monthlong trial before Federal District Judge Oliver Gasch have heard testimony about Mr Kropinski's unsuccessful attempts to learn how to fly by self- levitating .
Levite Jewish Community Center's Food Festival is Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm in Birmingham.
This means that as the "levitating" magnet moves up, the magnet force will get greater.
What if you tried to levitate a magnet above a repelling and stationary magnet .
Portal Gun and Magnetic Levitation .
An unmanned prototype magnetically levitated train, or Maglev, runs over a bridge at a test center in Tsuru, central Japan, Friday, Dec 12, 1997.
Does the moon have levitating lunar dust.
A Japanese railway company this month unveiled a prototype for a commercial passenger train that it says can reach speeds of 310 miles per hour via magnetic levitation.
Levitating Satellites into Odd Orbits Can Make More Room in Space.
Forget a magnetic levitation train.
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In science:

Therefore, an accurate calculation of the forces between the fixed and the levitated magnets is needed.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
The goal of our study is to determine how the static force between the fixed and the levitated magnet changes with their sizes and their separation.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
In this way, we can evaluate the maximum mass that can be levitated in each configuration.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
In all cases, we need to subtract to the total levitated mass M the weight of the levitated magnet m, so that we get the effective payload (mirror + marionetta) mass Mp .
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
The first simulation aims at evaluating the maximum weight of the levitated mass Mp as a function of the levitated magnet thickness h.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
The radius is R = 7 mm while the thickness is h = 12 mm for the fixed magnet and 8 mm for the levitated one with a mass m of about 10 g.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
In this paper we studied the application of a magnetic levitation system to the seismic suspensions of long baseline GW antennas.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
First, it appears that it is possible to levitate a mass comparable to the one of a Virgo-like payload, choosing reasonable dimensions for both the fixed and levitated magnet.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Jayawant, Electromagnetic suspension and levitation, Rep.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Note: if the fixed magnet m1 is removed, a large DC current is necessary to balance the weight of the levitated piece.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Variation of the maximum mass to be suspended versus the levitated magnet thickness h, for different gaps and different upper magnets – in this plot, the levitated magnet weight has been already subtracted.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
So one should solve non–linearized Einstein eqns, which tell us that (from the viewpoint of distant observer) extra weight may actually slow down falling, eventually leading to nearhorizon levitation.
Quark-Gluon Plasma - New Frontiers
Since there is no spectroscopic evidence for chemical anomalies in any of these objects, we argued that levitation must be offset by a macroscopic mixing.
Driving mechanism in massive B-type pulsators
Because of the stability in the super currents in the levitation coils and the smallness in stiffness, superconducting gravimeters provide stable and sensitive gravity measurements.
Testing gravitational physics with superconducting gravimeters
In the experiment, the molecules are created from an atomic BEC in a crossed dipole trap by ramping the magnetic field through the g-wave Feshbach resonance at 19.84 G. A ramp of the magnetic field gradient levitates the molecules and separates them from the atoms, leaving a pure molecule cloud.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics
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