Definition of maglev in English:



  • [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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city has a new $1 billion airport link that runs on German maglev technology - the first of its kind in the world.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He now wants to build a transatlantic train, maglev in an evacuated tube, that would cross the Atlantic in an hour.’


1970s: from mag(netic) lev(itation).