time machine


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The store was a time machine where the family cats threaded their way past counter shelves that frequently held at least one display of pocket knives or the latest in pocket flashlights for those under-the-house repairs. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2022 In other words, Herrington and his team have invented a device that acts like a composting time machine. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 So fear not, Chicago, Getsy has not put his offense into a time machine back to the 1940s. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 The whole of it is like stepping into a time machine that goes in both directions at once: to the not-so-distant past of analog America and to a post-apocalyptic, post-human world that seems to reside in the collective unconscious. Howard Fishman, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 Right now the best way to find an answer is to hop back into the time machine. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2018 The Broadway adaptation of the 1985 classic film—which featured a time machine made from a DeLorean—will start performances on June 30, 2023. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2022 Hitting theaters now, this cinematic time machine is both a mediocrity and, oddly enough, a breath of fresh air. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2022 The legendary Tim Grobarty takes us into the Iowa-by-the-sea time machine in his weekly newsletter. Gustavo Arellanocolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of time machine was in 1895

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“Time machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20machine. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

time machine

: a fictional machine that allows one to travel backward or forward in time
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