Full record for antigravity n.

Definition a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite J.M Walsh,
Comment 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".(Earliest cite in the OED: 1945.)
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Citations for antigravity n.

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1932 J. M. Walsh in Wonder Stories Q. Spring 311/1 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 Sci. Fiction Mar. 26/1 Two facts I wanted: antigravity units of the cars do not disturb reception.
1952 Astounding Sci. 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 How do you get out of here?‥Anti-gravity lift.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 44 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 The idea of antigravity excited Dennis.
1987 D. Brin Uplift War 251 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 Lew talked instead during the flight about antigravity.
1992 D. Knight Why Do Birds (1994) 165 You think they had antigravity or something?
1993 V. E. Mitchell Windows on Lost World iv. 39 A class-B jamming field renders most of our tractor beams and antigravity lifters inoperative
1993 Sci. 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 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iii. 28 There were no signs of antigravity units on this ship, or even engines.