time capsule

noun

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 capsulesPhilip Trupp

Examples of time capsule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The late 2000s time capsule opens with Jay-Z rapping in front of a curtain of falling sparks, flanked by a troupe of models wearing dark hoodies and sunglasses. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 Remove the iPhone gripped in Depp’s hand, and this photo is like opening a time capsule. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2024 To step inside the Olympic printing plant is to step inside a time capsule enshrining a 19th century product manufactured with 20th century technology and poised for 21st century obsolescence. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2024 These are styles that don’t stay locked in a time capsule, though; many of them can be seen worn on today’s roster of actors. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2024 These behind-the-lens creatives are a crucial link between celebrity and civilian; their work serving as an arbiter of trends and beauty and aspiration in the moment, as well as visual time capsules for years to come. Marie Lodi, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 The event will feature two special beer releases and 5 oz tastings, a live feed from NASA and the sealing of a time capsule to be opened at the next total solar eclipse in the contiguous U.S. in 2044. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Billboard can now reveal that the lunar lander made musical history as well, bringing digitized recordings from some of the most iconic musicians of all time to an arts-centric time capsule that’s currently sitting on the moon’s silent surface. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 26 Feb. 2024 The Johnson County Museum has visitors covered with a new exhibit on a time capsule found at the old Johnson County Courthouse. Beth Lipoff, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of time capsule was in 1938

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“Time capsule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20capsule. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

time capsule

noun
: a container holding historical records or objects representative of current culture that is placed (as in a cornerstone) for preservation until discovery by some future age
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