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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Brookwood celebrates silver anniversary Students, staff and alumni of Brookwood Elementary School gathered Feb. 24 to celebrate the campus' 25th anniversary with choir and spirit squad performances and a time capsule. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Community briefs: Brookwood Elementary marks 25 year," 11 Mar. 2018 The time capsule is a project by the staff of the R. B. Tullis Branch Library that started in 2008 on the library's one-year anniversary. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "R.B. Tullis library unlocks 10-year time capsule," 29 Mar. 2018 The time capsule’s contents includedConfederate money, newspapers, miniature Confederate flags and other documents associated with the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Johnny Reb' Confederate statue in Orlando has rainbow, transgender flags buried in base along with Old Glory, Stars and Bars," 20 June 2018 How far that time capsule dates back is hazy: The de Lucas bought the place in 1963, but Villa di Roma was there for at least a decade before that, historical photos of the neighborhood show. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Miss the old South Philly? It lives on at Villa di Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 That's when the time capsule's contents — including fan letters, a cassette recording of the Market Square Arena concert, a book of Elvis tour photos and a catalog promoting Graceland — is scheduled to be opened. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "You can now find Elvis Presley final-concert plaque amid shiny new spots on Market Street," 26 June 2018 This time capsule of 1990s goodness stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe as four teens who are haunted by a killer after their involvement in a fatal accident. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best summer movies to binge-watch this weekend," 22 June 2018 To complete the time capsule, their fellow shortlisters included Cutting Crew, Breakfast Club and Terence Trent D'Arby, who all lost out to Jody Watley. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "Swing Out Sister Are Ready to 'Breakout' All Over Again With New Album 'Almost Persuaded'," 24 May 2018 While Eastbury typically has an end-of-the-year assembly on the last day, this year, Eastbury's students and teachers put together a time capsule. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Eastbury School Closes For Good," 26 June 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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