antigravity n.

a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity

SF Encyclopedia

  • 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.

  • 1952 Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 70/2

    They have antigravity! Isn’t that it?’ ‘Yes…. Of course, it couldn’t be a complete gravity screen by any means. But it seems to be a good long step toward it.’

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

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

  • 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.

  • 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii.vi.36 David Brin bibliography

    The idea of antigravity excited Dennis.

  • 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.

  • 1990 I. Watson Flies of Memory i. 17 Ian Watson

    Lew talked instead during the flight about antigravity.

  • 1992 D. Knight Why Do Birds (1994) 165 Damon Knight

    You think they had antigravity or something?

  • 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

  • 1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 70/3

    It’s been two decades since Howard Chaykin’s Ironwolf appeared, the fallen Lord who fenced on far distant worlds and spanned the planets in his spaceship made of anti-gravity wood.

  • 1995 D. W. Smith & K. K. Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iii. 28 Dean Wesley Smith Kristine Kathryn Rusch bibliography

    There were no signs of antigravity units on this ship, or even engines.

  • 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.


Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

J.M. Walsh

Research History
Mike Christie has submitted a cite from 1939.
Brian Ameringen submitted a cite from a 1947 edition of John Campbell's "The Mightiest Machine". We'd like to check the 1935 magazine printing.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1932 cite from J. M. Walsh's "The Vanguard to Neptune".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2014 cite from Stephen Coonts.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1945.

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