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Support of the patient on a cushion of air.
[L. levitas, lightness]


Etymology: L, levitas, lightness, atus, process
(in psychiatry) a hallucinatory sensation of floating or rising in the air. levitate, v.


(lĕv″ī-tā′shŭn) [L. levitas, lightness]
The subjective sensation of rising in the air or moving through the air unsupported. It occurs in dreams, altered states of consciousness, and certain mental disorders.


n in psychiatry, a hallucinatory sensation of rising or floating into the air.
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The Brooks Levitate with DNA AMP is engineered from the ground up to deliver runners an infinitely energetic experience, said Zach Boteilho, senior innovation developer at Brooks Running.
However, you shouldn't expect to have the ability to levitate other bigger objects soon.
Study co-author Daniele Foresti, a mechanical engineer at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and his team built tiny transducers powerful enough to levitate objects but of such diminutive size that they can be packed closely together.
CAP THAT: Levitate, ridden by Darren Egan, enters the winners enclosure after winning The William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster
Levitate wasn't even in the race when it was called off seven days earlier, but five dropped out to let him take his chance.
Scientists use quantum mechanics to discover the art of levitation to make molecules fly US scientists have found a way to levitate the very smallest objects using the strange forces of quantum mechanics, and said they might use it to help make tiny nanotechnology machines.
Terentiev's design does one thing above this: levitate the mixer element that otherwise would drag along the beaker's bottom.
The magnetised coil running along the track - called a guideway - repels the large magnets on the train's undercarriage, allowing the train to levitate as much as four inches above the guideway.
White with light, the exposed elevation of the museum floated like an apparition, just as the inside spaces appear to levitate, with the atrium supported from above and the walls separated by thin bands from the floors.
Caught in the colorful web, we follow the infinite enamel skeins until the complex interconnections levitate off the canvas and we become part of the web.
Benefits are said to include an oil-free design that eliminates the need for an oil management system and any related costs: only one major moving part, the compressor shaft, for increased reliability; whisper-quiet sound levels of 71 dBA so that no special sound deadening or mechanical room modifications are needed: and a built-in variable speed drive motor and frictionless, magnetic bearings (that require only two amps to levitate and start rotation of the compressor shaft) that are said to eliminate inefficient compressor cycling.
More important, it has a built-in variable-frequency/variable-speed drive and frictionless magnetic bearings that require only 2 amps to levitate and start rotation of the compressor shaft.