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 Eileen Murphy, head of census administration at Ireland’s Central Statistics Office, said that the time capsule was believed to be a world first. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Exactly 100 years later — to the hour — current members temporarily lifted the cornerstone and opened the time capsule. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 The IU School of Nursing now plans to put together another time capsule to be opened 50 years from now. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 To add your reflections to the time capsule, share it on social media with your thoughts and tag us—@theatlantic on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Lora Strum, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 While planning for Key West’s 200th birthday as a settlement last month, people began talking about another time capsule — the one planted 50 years ago when the island marked its 150th birthday. Gwen Filosa, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Apr. 2022 Brumfield’s work led state officials to scour the Lee statue for a time capsule. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 Google Toolbar's approach to privacy was another wild time capsule that showed how much the company has changed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2021 Oscars are a time capsule, reflecting both the industry and the year’s audiences. Tim Gray, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of time capsule

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Time capsule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20capsule. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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: 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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