time machine


Definition of time machine

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

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Offenders incarcerated as teens emerge in middle age as if from a time machine, unfamiliar with transit swipe cards, smartphones, even email. New York Times, "They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?," 29 May 2018 How to Invent Everything is formatted as a helpful tool for you, the reader, who has just decided to rent the FC3000™ time machine. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North explains ‘how to invent everything’," 12 Oct. 2018 At one point, Mark builds a time machine that looks a lot like the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 Catching the new high-speed rail that connects the province to Shanghai is like dashing through China in a real-life time machine. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Our bionic descendants might be smart enough to invent warp-drive spaceships and time machines, Mr. Rees suggests. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 Van Tassel, who claimed he had once been abducted by Venusians, built the Integratron as a kind of time machine. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 But to walk among the gunnera in abundance, amid mountains untouched by human hands, felt like stepping into a time machine. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "Place 11 of 52: In Chile, a Gorgeous, Very Rainy and Sometimes Lonely Journey," 8 May 2018 The time machine must have its dial stuck to the 1930s because next week the team’s heading to 1936 Texas. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "JFK’s Excellent Adventure: “Timeless,” Season 2, Episode 5 Recapped," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of time machine

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time machine was in 1895

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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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