Definitions

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  • n. A hypothetical substance with anti-gravity effects.

Etymologies

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First used in 1901 in The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. It was named after the fictional Dr. Cavor. The initial use was capitalized, but later authors borrowing the concept sometimes changed it to lowercase.

Examples

  • The science that makes Edwardian space travel possible (it's all down to "cavorite", a substance of the professor's invention that blocks the effects of gravity) may be preposterous, but it's still carefully explained.

    The Guardian World News

  • Wells, at least, was coming from two separate traditions - one of lunar fiction dating back centuries that sometimes saw flocks of doves used as a mode of transport, and one of 19th Century social commentary - and used cavorite to address both.

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  • The cavorite in the watches never loses its energy.

    The Dragon’s Apprentice

  • And from the opening page of Aetheric Mechanics, there are tropes a-plenty on view: the aforementioned flying machines and giant robots, but also flying ships held aloft by “cavorite”.

    Aetheric Mechanics, Warren Ellis & Gianluca Pagliarani « It Doesn't Have To Be Right…

  • Cavor sets off a heap of cavorite to destroy them, which explains why there is no atmosphere - or ant people - on the moon today.

    The Guardian World News

  • When Cavor lectured Bedford on how their cavorite-coated spaceship might be piloted using roller blinds,

    The Guardian World News

  • Cavor airtight iron diving bell-looking thingie out in his greenhouse and while Bedford has mercenary ideas about cavorite (he wants to coat the soles of boots with it), Cavor has higher plans ...

    Epinions Recent Content for Home

  • Cavor has invented a substance, cavorite, which screens out gravity the same way lead screens out x-rays.

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  • Place a hunk of cavorite between an object, a chair say, and the ground, and the effects of gravity are neutralized.

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  • Science fiction says it will carry you to the moon in a space-vessel made of cavorite, the anti-gravitic metal, to meet the lamp-eyed insect-men of a socialist utopia; fantasy says it will carry you to Mercury on the back of a rainbow-winged Hippogriff, to behold the wars of witches and demons, their battles made endless through the intervention of the capricious gods who dwell beyond the mountain-peaks unclimbed, save by one most noble prince, whose icy ramparts guard immortal Zimiamvia.

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  • H.G. Wells' "gravity-blocking substance" used in many of his novels.

    I think it should also mean one's favorite thing found inside of caves.

    Or maybe it should mean one's favorite vice, what makes them "cave in" most.

    November 22, 2008

  • This can't be my favorite word... because I don't know what it means.

    November 22, 2008