I would not say "hover" and "levitation" are synonyms. If I see a helicopter stationary in the air, I don't say "It's levitating". Gwimpey 23:36, 19 May 2004 (UTC)
Hmm.. good point. but you COULD and it wouldn't really be wrong. :-) i don't know. i guess they are not exactly synonyms. do you think "hover" warrants its own article though?
Some definitions from the web:
- To rise or cause to rise into the air and float in apparent defiance of gravity.
- To make buoyant; to cause to float in the air; as, to levitate a table.
- To rise, or tend to rise, as if lighter than the surrounding medium; to become buoyant; -- opposed to gravitate.
- be suspended in the air [syn: hover]
- be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity.
- To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves.
- The act or state of hovering: 'a helicopter in hover.'
- To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something.
- 3: hand in the air; fly or be suspended above 4: be suspended in the air [syn: levitate]
- Omegatron 13:37, May 20, 2004 (UTC)