antigravity adj.

of or relating to something that negates or cancels the effect of gravity

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1896 Morning Times (Washington, D.C.) 20 Dec. 16/1 page image

    Telegraphic communication with the planet Mars has been established. Word comes from Mars that one Bronson, who had started for that planet in an anti-gravity machine, has not arrived there.

  • 1910 H. Pendexter Irad Biglow’s Insulated Gravity in Daily Press 5 May 4

    Insulated gravity simply means overcoming the power that keeps things on earth. I create a vacuum and fill it with anti-gravity ozone and everything inside the space covered by that vacuum goes whizzing into the air, never to come back. Just imagine me insulating gravity over your rocky pasture.

  • 1932 J. M. Walsh Vanguard to Neptune in Wonder Stories Quarterly Spring 311/1 page image J. M. Walsh bibliography

    But the antigravity apparatus will have to be capable of generating a greater repulsive force than is required for ordinary interplanetary conditions.

  • 1939 ‘D. A. Stuart’ in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 26/1

    Two facts I wanted: antigravity units of the cars do not disturb reception.

  • 1941 R. Cummings Coming of Giant Germs Apr. 14/1 Ray Cummings

    Twenty years ago, there had been talk that he was working on an anti-gravity principle—the secret of spaceflight…Then apparently he had given it up.

  • 1953 A. Norton Star Rangers x. 136 Andre Norton

    How do you get out of here?…Anti-gravity lift.

  • 1956 J. Williams & R. Abrashkin Danny Dunn and Anti-Gravity Paint 48

    Professor Bullfinch, with his constant companion, Dr. Grimes, spent more and more time in the laboratory testing and analyzing the anti-gravity liquid. It became clear that whatever was painted with the liquid resisted gravity and would fly out away from the earth.

  • 1958 J. Lewis Glossary of Terms Sept. 108/1

    The use of bluffonics is particularly effective in stories of the gadget-type, which require explanation of anti-gravity devices, advanced cybernetics, and various paraphernalia associated with the construction of devices employing the use of the fourth dimension.

  • 1958 J. White in New Worlds Science Fiction Nov. 27

    He stood less than fifty yards from the patient and with equipment festooning like a Christmas tree—an anti-gravity pack belted round his waist, a tri-di projector locus and viewer strapped to his chest and his shoulders hung with a heavy radio pack

  • 1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 44 Arthur C. Clarke

    At first I thought you had some anti-gravity device—but even I know that’s impossible.

  • 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 251 David Brin

    The Suzerain of Propriety tried to make allowance for such difference as the clucking swarm of fuzzy, rotund clients carried the antigravity perch from the site where the body had lain.

  • 1993 V. E. Mitchell Windows on Lost World iv. 39 V. E. Mitchell bibliography

    A class-B jamming field renders most of our tractor beams and antigravity lifters inoperative.

  • 1997 G. Nix Shade’s Children xiii. 128 Garth Nix

    It appears to be a device that converts some form of radiated power to some other form of energy. An antigravity device perhaps, because it is quite impossible for these things to fly without assistance.

  • 1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother’s Keeper ii. i. 9 Michael Jan Friedman bibliography

    The engineer gestured and a man-sized duranium container, supported by an antigravity cart, appeared in the chapel’s doorway.

  • 2014 S. Coonts Saucer: Savage Planet i. 3 Stephen Coonts bibliography

    Great leaps forward in alternative fuels, antigravity and computer technology, solar power, metal fabrication—all these advances in man’s knowledge were leading to new products and improvements in old ones.

  • 2020 E. Bear Machine 146 Elizabeth Bear bibliography

    Rilriltok perched on my shoulder—its personal antigravity device seemed to be working, as it weighed less than my exo—and let me carry it through the crowd, safely raised above the bustle.


Research requirements

antedating 1896

Earliest cite

editorial synopsis of George Parsons Lathrop & Thomas A. Edison, "In the Deep of Time"

Research History
Roberto Labanti submitted a 1910 cite for "anti-gravity" from Hugh Pendexter's "Irad Biglow's Insulated Gravity" (Published in a Wisconsin Newspaper in 1910, the story was copyrighted 1909).
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Jack Lewis's "Glossary of Terms".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1979 reprint of Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin's 1956 "Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from Ray Cummings', "Coming of the Giant Germs"
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2003 reprint of Garth Nix's 1997 "Shade's Children"
Bill Mullins submitted an 1896 cite from an editorial synopsis of "In the Deep of Time" by George Parsons Lathrop in collaboration with Thomas A. Edison; Simon Koppel found an example of a similar synopsis several days earlier.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.

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