antigrav n.

= antigravity n.; (also) a device that negates the force of gravity

  • 1941 T. Sturgeon Artnan Process in Astounding Science-Fiction June 56/2 page image Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    The ship settled down gently, her antigrav plates moaning.

  • 1945 Startling Stories Summer 6/1

    Well, cut off my antigravs and call me flighty—it really is here.

  • 1954 D. R. Hughes Breathing Space in Vargo Statten Science Fiction Mag. Jan. 61/2

    ‘There’s a ship gravving up from your colony, Angstol,’ said Tulketh absently, as he gazed dreamily at his own screen. ‘Well, I suppose they'll have developed some sort of chemical rockets by now if they're--did you say GRAVVING up?’… There below them, the familiar gleaming silver shape of a planetary ship was slowly ascending, with its longitudinal axis horizontal in the time-honoured manner of pre-blasting precautions. ‘They have got antigravs’ screeched Largoth, frantically. ‘We must not be seen !’

  • 1974 J. Blish Star Trek 10 83 James Blish

    Quiet and undisconcerted, Spock went to the box, affixing anti-gravs to it.

  • 1993 D. Carey Great Starship Race xix.253 Diane Carey

    She limped down the passage, to a coffin-size piece of metal hanging from two antigravs.

  • 1993 J. Brunner Muddle Earth 161 John Brunner

    How exactly did acrobats and tumblers using antigrav for extra bounce correspond to ’ the crowned heads of India and Indonesia (simulated)‘?

  • 1994 ‘L. A. Graf’ Firestorm viii. 72 bibliography

    Chekov slipped an antigrav from along one side and fixed it to the box on the top of the pile.

  • 1995 D. Carey & J.I. Kirkland First Frontier iv. xxxiv. 343

    Organize all hands and have them pick up the scattered pieces of the platform and those antigravs over there and the tools down the slope.

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return v. 29 William Shatner

    He felt the abrupt tug of the antigravs pulling on his equipment harness.

  • 1997 W. Shatner Avenger i. 7 William Shatner

    Silhouetted against that light, dark figures unleaded crates with antigravs.

  • 2015 P. S. Kemp Lords of the Sith vii. 93 page image Paul S. Kemp bibliography

    Other vessels, already crewed, lurched into the air on their antigravs.


Research requirements

antedating 1941

Earliest cite

Theodore Sturgeon,'The Artnan Process'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a cite from 1945.
Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Paul S. Kemp.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1953.

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