One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
mass noun, usually as modifier A transport system in which trains glide above a track, supported by magnetic repulsion and propelled by a linear motor.‘maglev trains’
- ‘Unlike other maglev prototypes that travel at high speeds, the Chinese model is a low-speed train designed for urban transportation, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday as the train made its debut.’
- ‘Why do we need air travel, when we can travel more efficiently from city center to city center, by train - by maglev - than we can by air?’
- ‘But the spokeswoman said the Hong Kong government pays attention to the development of various railway technologies, including maglev trains, and is open-minded about their application.’
- ‘He now wants to build a transatlantic train, maglev in an evacuated tube, that would cross the Atlantic in an hour.’
- ‘The city has a new $1 billion airport link that runs on German maglev technology - the first of its kind in the world.’
1970s: from mag(netic) lev(itation).
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