levitation [lev′ə tā′s̸hən]
Use levitation in a sentence
- a levitating or being levitated
- the illusion of raising and keeping a heavy body in the air with little or no physical support
- The raising of something, such as a body, without apparent physical cause, allegedly using the power of the mind
- The suspension of something via technical means without any mechanical support, such as by magnetism
Origin A hoax originally introduced as a demonstration of telekinesis by French spirit photographer Édouard Isidore Buguet (1840-1901).
From levitate (from Latin levitas (“lightness”), patterned in English on gravitate) + -ation.