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


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

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.
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.

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