time capsule


Definition of time capsule

1 : a container holding historical records or objects representative of current culture that is deposited (as in a cornerstone) for preservation until discovery by some future age
2 : something resembling a time capsule sunken vessels are archaeological time capsules— Philip Trupp

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The countless videos and photos are time capsules of my worst haircuts. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delete Your Account," 10 Feb. 2019 The contents of a 19th-century time capsule uncovered in Plymouth, Mass. continue to be shrouded in mystery. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mystery swirls around damaged 1881 time capsule," 3 Aug. 2018 Roughly the size of a lunchbox, the time capsule was placed beneath the granite staircase of Coles Hill when it was built in 1881. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mystery swirls around damaged 1881 time capsule," 3 Aug. 2018 Preserve these precious, fast-moving moments with a time capsule to be opened on the last day of school. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Good Housekeeping, "10 Back to School DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love," 23 July 2018 Some paradoxical time capsule hovers around or within the Royal Danish Ballet. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Royal Danes Deliver Fresh Shots of Bournonville," 21 June 2018 Billions of years old, these asteroids serve as a time capsule for the earliest days of the solar system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inside NASA's Wildly Complex Plan to Navigate Jupiter's Asteroid Fields," 21 Dec. 2018 The first are pristine time capsules, preserved gems that showcase both the architecture and style of a bygone era. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury modern with koi pond wants $624K," 15 Nov. 2018 Although there are several hardworking preservationist groups that would argue otherwise, the Route 66 of popular imagination is dead, the road itself a time capsule of a bygone era. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of time capsule

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of time capsule

: a container that is filled with things (such as newspapers or clothing) from the present time and that is meant to be opened by people at some time in the future

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Kids Definition of time capsule

: a container holding records or objects representative of a current culture that is put in a safe place for discovery in the future

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