time machine


Definition of time machine

: a hypothetical device that permits travel into the past and future

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The show’s sixth season ended with Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) picking Mack (Henry Simmons), Daisy (Chloe Bennet), and the rest of the team up in the Zephyr, which was turned into a time machine, and transporting them to Prohibition-era New York. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. unveils timey-wimey final season teaser," 24 Aug. 2019 Nothing could convince me to take a time machine back to high school. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Best Teen Shows To Watch On Netflix," 25 June 2019 The buttons of this time machine offer two options: Modern-day JetBlue terminal or the 1960s TWA Hotel. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "The TWA Hotel at JFK: How to see this aviation history gem on your layover," 11 July 2019 As in the series, the time-traveling alien Doctor needs help from her companion to retrieve her missing time machine, the TARDIS, to stop a virus that threatens to rip apart the universe. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What it’s like to play the new ‘Doctor Who’ virtual reality game," 18 July 2019 Katharina visits the Kahnwald house looking for time machine advice from Jonas. Abbey Maxbauer, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 Unless Matt Nagy’s ingenuity includes a functional time machine, then yes. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?," 14 June 2019 And there’s no time machine, only tape, to get me to the Regal for B. B. King, in 1964, to the Apollo for James Brown, in 1962, much less to one of Billie Holiday’s final concerts at Carnegie Hall, in 1956. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Chaotic Magic of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue," 10 June 2019 Still drugged and piloting a Lifeboat damaged by one of Jessica’s bullets, Jiya’s unable to bring the time machine back to the bunker. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Pilot, Thinker, Soldier, Spy: The Epic “Timeless” Season Finale Twofer," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of time machine

1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of time machine

in stories : a machine that allows people to travel to a time in the past or future

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