time machine


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

Examples of time machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The British sci-fi series follows the Doctor, an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who explores time and space using a time machine known as the TARDIS, which from the outside looks like a blue police box. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Food nostalgia is like a time machine that whisks you away to moments filled with warmth and familiarity, all triggered by the simple act of tasting a beloved dish. Kyle J. Russell, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2024 In the 1985 film's final moment, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) climbs atop the clocktower to plug in a cord that'll power the time machine once struck by lightning to send Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to the future — leaving just a trail of fire on the road in its wake. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem is like a time machine. T. Michael Anderson, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 This was near the end of a golden age of Seventies reunions when the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were all making a fortune by taking their fans on a time machine two decades into the past. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2024 In writer/director Stimson Stead’s irreverent world premiere, Dunning plays numerous versions of lonely, crackpot scientist Tim Travers, inventor of a time machine that spins the universe off its axis, and also kills off multiple versions of his younger self. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 Your time machine awaits at digitalibrary.usc.edu. 2. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 View More Last July, the photographer Ann Hermes visited the radio squirrels and stepped into their time machine. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2024

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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 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

time machine

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