teleportation

noun
tele·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌte-lə-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce teleportation (audio) , -pər- \

Definition of teleportation

1 : the act or process of moving an object or person by psychokinesis
2 in fiction : instantaneous travel between two locations without crossing the intervening space

Examples of teleportation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Either Baron Cohen is an excellent actor with teleportation abilities, or this particular prediction may not be panning out. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What are your top business predictions for 2021?," 16 Dec. 2020 If a complex mammal could experience superpositioning, that would unlock far-out ideas like teleportation. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Dead Set on Proving Schrödinger’s Cat in Real Life," 22 Oct. 2020 Instead, there was a bizarre bit in which Jim Carrey, returning as Biden, got into a teleportation machine and, thanks to a random fly in the mix, showed up on Pence’s head. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How badly did 'SNL' botch the Pence-Harris debate? They couldn't even get the fly right," 11 Oct. 2020 Carrey's Biden then got into a teleportation machine, which accidentally turned him into the fly that landed on Pence's head at the debate. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'SNL' mocks the VP debate between Kamala Harris, Mike Pence and the fly," 11 Oct. 2020 Cut away the walking on water, kicking-out of demons, laying-on of hands, teleportation, claims of divinity, resurrection, etc. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Reading Thomas Jefferson’s Bible," 10 Oct. 2020 Tucked in the back of a laboratory at the IBM Research facility less than an hour north of New York City is a hulking mass of stainless steel and aluminum that looks like a sci-fi teleportation machine. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2030," 15 Sep. 2020 This was why every previous Civ multiplayer had been decried as sluggish and unfair—a half-second freeze and a 45-degree rotation of a regiment was a forgivable glitch; a 10-second freeze and a cross-continent teleportation of that regiment was not. Sid Meier, Ars Technica, "From Pong to Civilization: How I made “one more turn” work on consoles," 8 Sep. 2020 In his lab, scientist Seth Brundle has a set of teleportation pods that can move inanimate objects, but drastically mutilate live tissue in animals. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Real Is Genetic Engineering in Sci-Fi?," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of teleportation

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for teleportation

tele- + transportation

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14 Jan 2021

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“Teleportation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teleportation. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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