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

Examples of time capsule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final map is both a time capsule and a tool to forecast and withstand future swings. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Trees hold the secrets to centuries of climate data," 22 Feb. 2021 In a video that recently went viral after it was dug out of the aughts time capsule, the former late-night host Craig Ferguson brings up Britney Spears. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Why Were We So Cruel to Britney Spears?," 13 Feb. 2021 My favorite moments were those that felt distinct enough to place in a time capsule. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Early-Pandemic Heist Thriller That No One Asked For," 16 Jan. 2021 To be a part of a historical time capsule was huge for us. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "After years of performing, North Texas’ K3 Sisters Band becomes a sensation on TikTok," 13 Jan. 2021 It’s been largely lost to history, but the game belongs in a time capsule not only for showcasing greatness in its embryonic stages. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Excellence and ineptitude: The 49ers, Saints and one of the NFL’s greatest comebacks," 6 Dec. 2020 One starts to think, for example, that insisting a bar remain a time capsule, this idea of a place frozen in amber, was overrated to begin with. San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland’s Alley doesn’t miss a beat going virtual," 24 Jan. 2021 The song is on a CD that is buried in a chestnut box made by her uncle Bill and staff have strict instructions to wait until 2045 to open the musical time capsule as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of DreamMore. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "You'll have to wait 24 years to hear this Dolly Parton song," 10 Jan. 2021 Arasheben wanted to give them a sort of time capsule, an effort not lost on star forward LeBron James. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of time capsule

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Feb 2021

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“Time capsule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20capsule. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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