• WordNet 3.6
    • v levitate be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity "The guru claimed that he could levitate"
    • v levitate cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity "The magician levitated the woman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Levitate (Spiritualism) To make buoyant; to cause to float in the air; as, to levitate a table.
    • v. i Levitate lĕv"ĭ*tāt To rise, or tend to rise, as if lighter than the surrounding medium; to become buoyant; -- opposed to gravitate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • levitate To cause to become buoyant in the atmosphere; make light, so as to cause to float in the air; deprive of normal gravity.
    • levitate To act or move by force of levity—that is, by a repulsive force, contrary to gravity; overcome the force of gravity by means of specific lightness: especially, in recent use, said of a body heavier than the air, but supposed to rise in it by spiritual means.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Levitate to cause to float
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. levitas, -atis, lightness. See Levity


In literature:

The priest and the Levite saw the wounded man that fell among the thieves, and passed by on the other side.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
He looked at the buttons on the dash, wondering which would make it levitate.
"Pursuit" by Lester del Rey
The boys who had levitated themselves up to the Saucer would be missing.
"What Rough Beast?" by Jefferson Highe
And the Levites caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
You'll find, when all's said an' done, that she's plumb levitous, an' levitous folks is triflin'.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
We read that a Levite next came along the highway where this wounded man was lying in his helplessness.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
You uncivil fellow, you come hither to tell my lady of her faults, as if her own Levite could not discern 'em?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
We may call this a principle of levitation, as opposed to gravitation.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
All ye holy priests and levites, pray for us.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
And when he enters the synagogue, the Levites meet him with songs.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various

In poetry:

Next morn, the Chief of the assembled tribes,
The populace, the Levites, and the scribes,
Brought Jesus bound, unto the Judgement-hall,
There to be tri'd, and judg'd before them all.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Many pass'd by him who saw his dejection,
Yet none in their kindness his deep wants relieved:
Both "Priest and Levite" passed by in succession,
With cold-like indifference to the bereav'd.
"The Captive" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
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
Law is holy; but not your law, ye who keep the tablets whole
While ye dash the Law to pieces, shatter it in life and soul;
Bearing up the Ark is lightsome, golden Apis hid within,
While we Levites share the offerings, richer by the people's sin.
"Anti-Apis" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Mungo Thomson riffs on Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass'.
Levitated Mass exhibit to debut at LACMA.
Whether performing or talking, Lotus almost constantly flashes an illusionist's smile, as though he's about to pull some slick act of levitation you weren't expecting.
Ever since it became clear that the MC5's attempt to levitate Sun Ra's starship was basically a complete failure, like-minded subsequent units have attempted more or less successfully to improve on the blueprint.
The creator of the 'Levitated Mass' sculpture at LACMA, whose centerpiece is a 340-ton boulder, Michael Heizer is no stranger to exploring the complexities of giant stone.
The 'miracle' of the levitating slinky (cooler than it seems).
The Miracle Of The Levitating Slinky .
View full size Eric Francis, Associated Press Josh Pierce looks like he was about to levitate following the final out of Monday's elimination-game victory over Florida.
The way he describes it, it's almost like levitation.
Oh, and she eventually levitates.
Or problems could be solved by magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) vehicles.
When the car 'levitated' I was sure it was fake.
The attention given to Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass' at LACMA has many anticipating a masterpiece or a fiasco.
The 'miracle' of the levitating slinky (cooler than it seems ).
INTERVIEWS Watch Nude Beach Levitate a Goat in 'Some Kinda Love' Video.

In science:

Variation of the maximum mass to be suspended versus the upper magnet thickness H – in this plot, the levitated magnet weight has been already subtracted.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Variation of the maximum mass to be suspended versus the upper magnet length L – in this plot, the levitated magnet weight has been already subtracted.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Dependence of the restoring force along the mirror optical axis direction on the variation of the upper magnet length L: results are shown for two different free-gap values (d = 5 cm and d = 10 cm), for a levitated magnet (15 × 15 × 2) cm3 and for a constant misalignment of 1 mm along the length direction.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Sensitive experiments searching for weak forces invariably require soft suspension for the measurement degree of freedom. A promising soft suspension with low dissipation is superconducting magnetic levitation.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Levitation in 1-g, however, requires a large magnetic field, which tends to couple to the measurement degree of freedom through metrology errors and coil non-linearity, and stiffen the mode.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity