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magnetic levitation

n.
The use of magnetic fields to suspend an object above another object without solid mechanical support. A well-known practical application is a high-speed train. Also called maglev.
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magnet′ic levita′tion


n.
the suspension of an object above or below a second object by means of magnetic repulsion or attraction.
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Noun1.magnetic levitation - high-speed rail technologymagnetic levitation - high-speed rail technology; train is suspended on a magnetic cushion above a magnetized track and so travels free of friction
rail technology, railroading - the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
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I recently visited a start-up company in Connecticut, named Solais, that is making a screw-in LED PAR lamp for interior use that is ventilated and cooled by a frictionless, magnetic levitation (mag-lev) fan, originally created for the laptop computer industry.
Durham Mag-Lev , which was the brainchild of scientists at Durham University and is based at the NETPark Incubator in Sedgefield, has developed technology which can magnetically levitate vehicles when being tested aerodynamically in wind tunnels.
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