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 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 But the depths of the Black Sea have turned out to be like a time capsule for ancient shipwrecks. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018 Next year, lay the old sheets out along with the new one for everyone to look back on and remember Thanksgivings past, like a time capsule in ink and paper. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for the Best Holiday Ever," 28 Aug. 2018 But this season, those time capsules of preseason conventional wisdom contained a particularly stark oversight. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Oklahoma’s Trae Young, the Superstar Nobody Saw Coming," 22 Jan. 2018 The new Central Court got its own time capsule after construction. Pauline Repard, latimes.com, "Time capsule revealing bits of San Diego history from 1961 is opened," 21 May 2018 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

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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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