time machine


Definition of time machine 

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

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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 Wochit Brad Pitt is hitting the time machine in his latest role. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "See Brad Pitt's first official (groovy!) photo on set after split from Angelina Jolie," 27 June 2018 Our rules are there’s this tree trunk of time, and then with the time machine, if someone goes back to an earlier moment the tree trunk can grow in a different direction. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "How the Writers of “Timeless” Mined History for its Riveting Second Season," 14 May 2018 The team’s key insight was to use the hospital’s medical records as a proxy time machine. Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times, "This Cat Sensed Death. What if Computers Could, Too?," 3 Jan. 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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