|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|
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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.|