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 \ or time-warped \ˈtīm-ˌwȯrpt \ adjective

Examples of time warp in a Sentence

Walking into the castle was like entering a time warp.

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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 As the strict, decade-old military censorship lifted at 5 a.m., Israelis awoke in a kind of time warp to blaring headlines and dramatic video of the destruction of the reactor, which was supplied to Syria by North Korea. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Ending Secrecy, Israel Says It Bombed Syrian Reactor in 2007," 21 Mar. 2018 And because America hasn’t had the political will to attack the root causes of our society’s inequality, we’ve remained stuck in a time warp. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Remember that Obama-inspired post-racial society? America's not even close | Solomon Jones," 28 Feb. 2018 The historic city center of Bikan, a 10-minute walk from the station, is a time warp to the Edo era, when its namesake river formed an important cornerstone of Japanese mercantile trails; the area is still car-free. Time, "4 Places to Visit in Japan Before Everyone Else Does," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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