|Definition||a hypothetical force opposed to gravity|
|OED requirements||antedating 1930|
|Earliest cite||T. Wolf, Can Man Free Himself From Gravity|
|Comment||Jeff Prucher submitted a 1930 cite from T. Wolf's article "Can Man Free Himself From Gravity" in Science Wonder Stories.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from a review by Pascal J. Thomas of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep".
Imran Ghory submitted a 1962 article from the journal "Science", V. F. Lenzen's "Towards a Unified Cosmology"
Ralf Brown suggested, from his etext collection, Homer Eon Flint's "The Lord of Death" (1919), and Hugo Gernsback's "Ralph 124C41+" (1911/1925) as likely sources for cites. We would like to see cites from the original print publication of these texts.
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|1930 F. M. Currier tr. T. Wolff in Sci. Wonder Stories Feb. 788/2||In 1879 it was reported that Edison had made an invention for eliminating gravity‥. The ‘Wizard of Menlo Park’ has repeatedly come before the public with inventions which have proved to be products more of imagination than of possibility. At any rate, at that time there was a rumor current of Edison's ‘Anti-Gravitation’; and a witty cartoonist of the time took advantage of this helpful substance.|
|1962 V. F. Lenzen Towards a Unified Cosmology in Philos. Sci. Apr. 217||A new theory of gravitation is proposed, according to which the extinction of a particle sets up quantized waves of curvature that constitute the gravitational field. Inversely, the origin of matter is the source of waves of anti-gravitation.|
|1993 P. J. Thomas in Quantum Spring–Summer 72/3||High technology—like antigravitation and intelligent machines—unworkable in densely occupied regions, can only blossom at the edges of the galaxy, and in fact the easier communications make them the real ‘center’ for travel and exchanges: civilization, in a word.|