Definition of levitation in US English:

levitation

noun

  • The action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers.

    ‘arm levitation’
    as modifier ‘he performed a levitation trick’
    ‘spectacular events such as levitations’
    • ‘Her studies focused on paranormal topics, such as auras, levitation and ghosts.’
    • ‘Levitation acts - including people rising in the air unassisted, flying through the air horizontally, and climbing a rope into the air until they disappear from view - seem to be in defiance of the law of universal gravitation.’
    • ‘She was able to produce table levitations, move objects without touching them, and perform a variety of other telekinetic phenomena.’
    • ‘They made these loads weightless and floated them through the air by means of levitation.’
    • ‘He believes their meditation leads to magical powers, like levitation and invisibility.’
    • ‘These mythological people possessed powers that included levitation, invisibility, shape changing, and the ability to vanish before your eyes.’
    • ‘The magic show includes a levitation sequence.’
    • ‘Some unusually gifted people are able to demonstrate with modest success that telekinesis and levitation exist.’
    • ‘Movies usually represent this in the form of mind-over-matter effects, such as levitation.’
    • ‘They studied automatic writing, levitation, and reports of ectoplasmic and poltergeist activity.’
    • ‘A leading example is the widely attested and critically assessed levitations of St Joseph of Copertino.’
    • ‘He was credited among other gifts with the power of levitation: he was reported at one seance to have floated out of a third-floor window.’
    • ‘He claims to have experienced spontaneous levitation several times.’
    • ‘Even today, Levitation is often thought to be involved in cases of demonic possession.’
    • ‘The Vatican report compiled on Joseph cited more than seventy levitations witnessed by others in Copertino.’
    • ‘Matt quickly cast a levitation spell on Sarah.’
    • ‘I saw acts of amazing stone levitation.’
    • ‘Numerous incidents of Levitation have been recorded in Christianity and Islam.’
    • ‘Electrodes above and below the drop create the levitation field.’

Pronunciation

levitation

/ˌlevəˈtāSH(ə)n//ˌlɛvəˈteɪʃ(ə)n/