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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Though 2007 and 2008 were just over a decade ago, the time warp of Hustlers is jarring in its fidelity to the trends of those years. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 Maybe he, too, was trapped in a time warp of his own making. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Mugabe’s Reign Began With Bob Marley and Good Schools. Despotism Soon Followed.," 6 Sep. 2019 This comedy show takes viewers through a time warp of sorts via music and clips drawn from a 40-year library of a fake, yet legendary musical variety show. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "‘Sherman’s Showcase’ is a nostalgic, pop culture dream come true with celebrities and timeless social commentary," 9 Aug. 2019 But San Antonio still felt it was still stuck in a barbecue time warp dominated by barbecue chains that hadn’t changed their menus in decades, and still haven’t. San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Naming the best of the best San Antonio barbecue," 30 Aug. 2019 Just don’t confuse that with being stuck in a time warp. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Herm Edwards brings Marvin Lewis to Arizona State to 'help me coach the coaches'," 28 Aug. 2019 Its barren splendors veer between bizarre mineral lakes, salt flats, bald mountains, hot springs and geysers, and indigenous villages lost in a time warp at the bottom of twisting ravines. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 The clip is a total time warp, beginning with a young Normani watching BET’s 106 and Park. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Normani’s “Motivation” Music Video Is Jam-Packed With Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and More Pop Culture Throwbacks," 16 Aug. 2019 No, you didn’t get sucked into a time warp back to 1990: Moon Boots are back, baby. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Shop Kathryn Dennis' Red-Hot, $1K Sexy Ski Outfit from Southern Charm," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of time warp

1954, in the meaning defined above

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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