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.
Recent Examples on the Web Chloe Pang for The New York Times For Kate Baer, a poet in Harrisburg, Pa., 2020 feels like a time warp. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The Year of Blur," 31 Oct. 2020 Kody Karschnik walks through the darkened office at Sleep Number Corp., laptop in hand, passing a sea of empty cubicles locked in a pandemic time warp. Star Tribune, "Two downtowns on hold as big employers monitor the march of the virus," 3 Oct. 2020 The pandemic shot both trends through a time warp in the span of a few months. Zach Wener-fligner, Quartz at Work, "Remote workers really should consider moving to college towns," 11 Aug. 2020 Starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, the movie remains largely a mystery since there are scant details in the trailer beyond a hint of a plot that involves espionage and time warping. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'Tenet' trailer gives glimpse of Christopher Nolan's mysterious new film," 22 May 2020 Take a night stroll along atmospheric Hozenji Yokocho, a lane lit by stone lanterns and lined with small bars and restaurants, with a rare time warp atmosphere. Danielle Demetriou, Condé Nast Traveler, "Louis Vuitton Has Opened Its First Restaurant in Osaka," 12 May 2020 Mine, a time warp back to the 1950s, pandemic-style. Anna Nordberg, SFChronicle.com, "What does feminism look like without child care? It’s not pretty," 1 May 2020 Jennifer Peirson, a school counselor in New Jersey who now works from home, perceives she is caught in a time warp. Jackie Rocheleau, Scientific American, "A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks," 27 May 2020 But in Green Bank, where the restrictions are mandatory, the quiet zone has in many ways created a time warp in the mountainous region. Shannon Doyne, New York Times, "How Would Your Life Be Different if You Didn’t Have Wi-Fi and Cellular Service?," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of time warp

1954, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2020

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“Time warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20warp. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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