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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Salmi said the records are a time capsule of sorts. NBC News, "Why it's important for patients to look at their doctor's note," 19 June 2019 Abrams, Glover, Musk, and Grande are certainly a fitting time capsule for 2019. Joyce Chen, refinery29.com, "MIB: International Adds A Few Celebrity Aliens To The Men In Black Universe," 15 June 2019 What’s so extraordinary is that the entire home is a musty time capsule, seemingly untouched since the acclaimed showman suffered a fatal heart attack in Firefly’s shower and died on the bed. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 This game was a time capsule: a one-off (the Warriors hope) in which Curry attempted 31 shots, his most in a playoff game since a bonanza against the Blazers in 2016. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Even With Stephen Curry at His Best, the Hobbled Warriors Stumble in Game 3," 6 June 2019 Going to Stonewall is like entering a museum, a time capsule, and a church all at once. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Stonewall at 50: How the Iconic LGBTQ Institution Keeps the Spirit of ‘69 Alive Today," 4 May 2019 Chevrolet Looking for a Corvette to tuck away in your hot-rod time capsule? Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 The wreck has been compared to a time capsule by Jiang Bo, an archaeologist at China’s National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, according to Nine.com.au, citing the China Daily. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Time capsule' warship wreck discovered," 27 Sep. 2018 The countless videos and photos are time capsules of my worst haircuts. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delete Your Account," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of time capsule

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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