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

Examples of time capsule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Case Marsteller’s Pokémon Home Pokédex is a time capsule. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles," 14 Feb. 2020 That legacy started in 1972 at the corner of Southwest Military Drive and Commercial Avenue, a few blocks up from Flip Side’s present home at 840 SW Military Drive, where the store’s past has been preserved like a noisy time capsule. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Will the music fade at Flip Side Record Parlor in San Antonio?," 23 Jan. 2020 But only a few of them formed in the way that La Brea did, capturing the rich, diverse nature of the landscape like a time capsule. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019 Filmed in the summer of 2016, the film feels like a pre-Trump time capsule. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Poets find their voices and identity in documentary ‘Don’t Be Nice’," 26 Sep. 2019 The new research, published this week in the journal Science Advances, suggests that these inclusions are tiny time capsules of the sediments that once lingered in ancient oceans. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's seafloor may be destined to become diamonds," 30 May 2019 Anthropologists reading this in the future, take note: Leo is a useful time capsule, a snapshot of right now. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Leo Has Its Finger on the Pulse," 31 Jan. 2020 Part sculpture, part house and part 1970s Texas time capsule, the structure is located in Ransom Canyon, about 15 miles east of Lubbock. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Check out these cool 'must see' Texas art works on your Spring break road trip," 8 Jan. 2020 The game seemed like a time capsule, without much thought to how the character types might come off as problematic. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Lessons from a murder mystery party game," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of time capsule

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Time capsule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20capsule. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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