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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Levite a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi (especially the branch that provided male assistants to the temple priests)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Levite A priest; -- so called in contempt or ridicule.
    • Levite (Bib. Hist) One of the tribe or family of Levi; a descendant of Levi; esp., one subordinate to the priests (who were of the same tribe) and employed in various duties connected with the tabernacle first, and afterward the temple, such as the care of the building, bringing of wood and other necessaries for the sacrifices, the music of the services, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Levite In Jewish hist., a descendant of Levi, one of the sons of Jacob; one of the tribe of Levi.
    • n Levite Specifically, one of a body of assistants to the priests in the tabernacle and temple service of the Jews. This body was composed of all males of the tribe of Levi between 30 (or 25) and 50 years of age, exclusive of the family of Aaron, which constituted the priesthood. Originally they guarded the tabernacle, and assisted in carrying it and its vessels, and in preparing the corn, wine, oil, etc., for sacrifice; they furnished the music at the services, and had charge of the sacred treasures and revenues. After the settlement in Palestine they were relieved of some of these duties, but assumed those of religious guides and teachers. Later they were also the learned class, and became scribes, judges, etc. They were allowed no territorial possessions, except thirty-five cities in which they lived, supported by tithes on the produce of the lands of the tribes. The Levites were divided into three families, which bore the names of the sons of Levi—the Gershonites, the Kohathites, and the Merarites.
    • n Levite Hence In the early Christian church, a deacon as distinguished from a priest.
    • n Levite A priest; a clergyman: often in slight contempt.
    • n Levite A fashionable dress for women, introduced about 1780. It was satirized by Horace Walpole as resembling “a man's night-gown bound round with a belt.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Levite lē′vīt a descendant of Levi: an inferior priest of the ancient Jewish Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Levites, Gr. Leyi:`ths, fr. Heb. Levi, one of the sons of Jacob


In literature:

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
He is the one animal that has levitation, as will be shown later.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
Under the Patriarchal, Levitical, and Christian dispensations, she is one.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
But, like the Levite in the parable, they all pass by on the other side.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Leviticus, which describes the offices and duties of the Levites and priests.
"A Week of Instruction and Amusement," by Mrs. Harley
Moses hands a large folio to a Levite, behind whom more Levites are standing.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.
"Separation and Service" by James Hudson Taylor
Let's get some medium to levitate us up to bed.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
On one side will be a portion for the priests; on another, a portion for the Levites; and on the other two sides, the prince's or king's portion.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Bar-Nebo, lacks intrinsic fitness for a Jew and a Levite, and of course does not accord with the statement in Acts itself.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
In you Higros the Levite has been restored to us.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
The priest and the Levite just did nothing as far as helping the man was concerned.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
Well, I will now proceed to make them good to the letter, see Levit.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Leviter retractavit Cornutus, et Caesio Basso petenti, ut ipsi cederet, tradidit edendum.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
Moses' own account of the levitation is much fuller.
"Occultism and Common-Sense" by Beckles Willson
Concerning the Strangers and the Levites in Relation to the Temple Worship.
"The Prophet Ezekiel" by Arno C. Gaebelein
He was a Levite of Cyprus, and his name was formerly Joses.
"Frauds and Follies of the Fathers" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
But the major impulse was still levitant, almost exultant.
"The City of Numbered Days" by Francis Lynde
The Levite went with the corpse to his home at Ephraim, cut it into twelve pieces with a knife, and sent a piece to each tribe.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)" by Max Duncker

In poetry:

Next morn, the Chief of the assembled tribes,
The populace, the Levites, and the scribes,
Brought Jesus bound, unto the Judgement-hall,
There to be tri'd, and judg'd before them all.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Many pass'd by him who saw his dejection,
Yet none in their kindness his deep wants relieved:
Both "Priest and Levite" passed by in succession,
With cold-like indifference to the bereav'd.
"The Captive" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Widow. The word consumes itself —-
Body, a sheet of newsprint on the fire
Levitating a numb minute in the updraft
Over the scalding, red topography
That will put her heart out like an only eye.
"Widow" by Sylvia Plath
And from that man, beset by thieves,
And left upon the road, to die;
No aid or comfort he receives
From Priest, or Levite, passing by;
How the despised Samaritan
Proved the true neighbor to that man.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Behold the noble, rich, and great,
From Levite, Pharisee and Priest,
Down to the lowest dregs of fate,
From mightiest even to the least;
Yes, in this motley throng we find
The palsied, sick, mute, halt, and blind.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Law is holy; but not your law, ye who keep the tablets whole
While ye dash the Law to pieces, shatter it in life and soul;
Bearing up the Ark is lightsome, golden Apis hid within,
While we Levites share the offerings, richer by the people's sin.
"Anti-Apis" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

This is a guest post written by Leonid Levit and Derek Cheung of Honne Capital, a New York-based hedge fund focused on long/short equity strategies.
If it looks like something that would happen in space, that's the point: acoustic levitation was originally developed by NASA to simulate microgravity.
A high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore using magnetic levitation (maglev) technology will soon be proposed to the Singapore government, industry sources said.
Imagine jumping into the beautiful Jersey shore waters knowing in minutes you'll levitate ten, twenty ofr thirty feet in the air.
Scientists in the US are developing powerful new drugs by using sound waves to make their chemical components levitate in mid-air.
Why can't you use plain old magnets to get something to levitate .
And by levitate, I mean be in stable equilibrium such that you can place it there and it will stay there.
This means that as the " levitating " magnet moves up, the magnet force will get greater.
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to use sound waves to levitate individual droplets of solutions containing different pharmaceuticals.
While the connection between levitation and drug development may not be immediately apparent, a special relationship emerges at the molecular level.
Researchers at the school of physics and astronomy at Tel Aviv University have created a track around which a superconductor can float, thanks to the phenomenon of "quantum levitation ".
It's quantum levitation, dude.
An unmanned prototype magnetically levitated train, or Maglev, runs over a bridge at a test center in Tsuru, central Japan, Friday, Dec 12, 1997.
The attention given to Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass' at LACMA has many anticipating a masterpiece or a fiasco.
LACMA's new hunk 'Levitated Mass' has some substance.

In science:

The validity of this model has been tested by a comparison with the experimental data from a levitated suspension prototype.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
To obtain a stable levitation, it is necessary to use a servo-loop to control the vertical position of the mirror.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
All these questions must be carefully investigated before concluding that direct levitation of the mirrors can be actually applied to GW detectors.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
A possible alternative solution of the problem is the levitation of the marionetta, as shown in Fig. 2.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
The main goal of this work is thus to evaluate the possibility of suspending with magnetic levitation a given mass (on the order of the sum of the masses of the mirror and of the reference mass) at manageable cost.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
In Section 2.2, the simulation results for magnetic levitation applied to the Virgo suspensions are presented.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
In principle, the fixed magnet m1 could be removed, but in this case, a large DC current would be necessary to balance the weight of the levitated piece.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
This allows us to study the performance of the levitated system as a seismic isolator .
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
For highly scattering particles such as levitated nanoparticles,53,54 external cavity cooling may allow higher enhancement factors than when the particle is placed within the resonator.
Mirror-mediated cooling: a paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force
Cirac, Optically levitating dielectrics in the quantum regime: theory and protocols, Phys.
Mirror-mediated cooling: a paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force
This is largely due to the substantial energetic requirements for levitating material in a strong gravitational field.
Be-star rotation: how close to critical?
Thus levitation in the earth’s gravitational field might be possible, for Z ∼ 1 µm.
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
Note that the inequality (6.5) is some modification of the van Trees inequality (see, Gil l, Levit, 1995) adapted to the model (6.1).
Adaptive asymptotically efficient estimation in heteroscedastic nonparametric regression via model selection
Figure 1: Arrangement of magnets and their polarity to levitate a piece of pyrolytic graphite.
The Wonders of Levitation
Figure 2: Photograph showing a piece of pyrolytic graphite levitating above permanent magnets.
The Wonders of Levitation