time warp


Definition of time warp

: an anomaly, discontinuity, or suspension held to occur in the progress of time

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Other Words from time warp

time-warp \ ˈtīm-​ˌwȯrp How to pronounce time-warp (audio) \ or time-warped \ ˈtīm-​ˌwȯrpt How to pronounce time-warped (audio) \ adjective

Examples of time warp in a Sentence

Walking into the castle was like entering a time warp.

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There will be an alumni softball game before Sunday's game, and then the former players will disappear, along with this weekend's time warp and old teal. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Marlins' 25th Anniversary Weekend underlines Derek Jeter's obligation to heal deep wounds," 9 June 2018 Moving back to America after living in Korea was like stepping into a time warp. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The only game I play on my phone is Minesweeper," 27 Oct. 2018 Now in their 70s, James Mann and Richard Eshbach are actually in Glenner Town Square, a new adult day-care center for dementia patients that is like entering a time warp. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 From the outside, people tend to look at North Korea as a monolith, stuck in a time warp somewhere between Victorian times and Stalin’s heyday. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Reporter’s notebook: Covering North Korea, daring to hope for change.," 11 June 2018 Here, much of the technology Americans use on a daily basis is either prohibited or regulated or simply doesn't work, rendering the place something of a time warp. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Want to Hunt Aliens? Go to West Virginia's Low-Tech 'Quiet Zone'," 3 May 2018 With its gray identikit houses seemingly frozen in a 1950s time warp, Hérouxville would seem like just another Quebec village. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Don’t Burn Women: Warning to Immigrants Looms Over a Quebec Village," 12 Apr. 2018 Walking into the model railroad club, after passing by a full-size crossing signal planted in the grass, is a one-of-a-kind time warp, where visitors become voyeur to a Napa Valley that barely exists today. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiny railroaders battle with state Expo over Napa’s past, future," 7 Apr. 2018 In many ways, Porto Heli feels like a time warp to western Mediterranean paradises in, say, the 1970s. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Porto Heli Might Be Greece's Best Kept Secret," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of time warp

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time warp was in 1954

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English Language Learners Definition of time warp

: a feeling, state, or place in which time seems to stop, go backward, etc.

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