= antigravity n.; (also) a device that negates the force of gravity
The ship settled down gently, her antigrav plates moaning.
Artnan Process in Astounding Science-Fiction June 56/2
1945 Startling Stories Summer 6/1
Well, cut off my antigravs and call me flighty—it really is here.
‘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 !’
Breathing Space in Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine Jan. 61/2
[T]here is a knock at my bedroom window at maybe three hours. I am not properly awake and do not think to question how somebody can be there, seeing it is five hundred feet up the tower; I open the window and B falls inside. I am just about ready to conclude I must be dreaming when B unstraps a small antigrav pack, mountaineering type, and says Somebody offered her the beastly thing as a secondhand bargain, she has been trying it out and it doesn’t work.
Unwillingly to School in Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 38/2
Quiet and undisconcerted, Spock went to the box, affixing anti-gravs to it.
Star Trek 10 83
How exactly did acrobats and tumblers using antigrav for extra bounce correspond to ‘the crowned heads of India and Indonesia (simulated)’?
Muddle Earth 161
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.
First Frontier . xxxiv. 343
He felt the abrupt tug of the antigravs pulling on his equipment harness.
Return v. 29
Other vessels, already crewed, lurched into the air on their antigravs.
Lords of the Sith vii. 93
Theodore Sturgeon,'The Artnan Process'
Research HistoryMike 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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1958 cite from Pauline Ashwell.
Earliest cite in the OED: 1953.
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