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 depths of the Internet serve as a rare trove of imagery, too: Some of Sehnert’s sources are a bit of a time capsule, such as WordPress blogs dedicated to Bessette-Kennedy that haven’t been updated in more than a decade. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "For Rare Images of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Follow This Tribute Instagram," 26 Dec. 2018 For scientists piecing together the story of South Africa’s ancient environments and evolution, these caves act as time capsules. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 My feeling is sit back and enjoy them like time capsules. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 This special serves as a time capsule for a tragic time in America, when commercial entertainment attempted to soothe the public. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 Mars is much less geologically active than Earth, and so its interior is closer to being in its original state — a tantalizing time capsule. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing," 21 Nov. 2018 That’s the main reason Dawn went to the Asteroid Belt in the first place: Ceres and Vesta are like time capsules from the early solar system, and studying them can tell us a great deal about what that era was like. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Asteroid Belt Spacecraft Dawn Is About To Run Out of Fuel," 11 Sep. 2018 In fact, the vast majority of houses fall somewhere in the middle, neither pristine time capsules nor unlivable wrecks. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 The film is absolutely a time capsule, and there’s a lot to unpack (good and bad). Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Christopher Robin, Goosebumps 2, and more," 14 July 2018

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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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