Full record for antigrav n.

Definition short form of anti-gravity
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite Theodore Sturgeon,'The Artnan Process'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a cite from 1945.
Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1953.

Last modified 11 August, 2009

Citations for antigrav n.

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1941 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 56/2 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 Sci. 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 Quiet and undisconcerted, Spock went to the box, affixing anti-gravs to it.
1993 D. Carey Great Starship Race xix.253 She limped down the passage, to a coffin-size piece of metal hanging from two antigravs.
1993 J. Brunner Muddle Earth 161 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 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 He felt the abrupt tug of the antigravs pulling on his equipment harness.
1997 W. Shatner Avenger i. 7 Silhouetted against that light, dark figures unleaded crates with antigravs.