wayback machine

variants: or less commonly Wayback Machine

Definition of wayback machine

: a device for traveling into the past The past always seems a little better than the present, so who wouldn't want to take a trip in the wayback machine?— Steven Zeitchik He sort of resembles a grown-up version of Sherman, the cartoon character from "Rocky and His Friends" who used to join the dog Peabody on travels through history in "the wayback machine."— Joel Selvin

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Instead, 20 classic games of the 16-bit era (and one new title) are already loaded inside—a treasure trove of nostalgia for children of the ’90s and a charming wayback machine for modern gamers. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Time-Travel Delights of the Super Nintendo Classic," 29 Sep. 2017 There’s a lot to follow and a great deal to look at, including an atmospherically embellished past that turns the movie into a veritable wayback machine of amusing and amusingly unfortunate colors and choices. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: Advantage, Bobby, but Game, Set, Match, Billie Jean in ‘Battle of the Sexes’," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of wayback machine

1961, in the meaning defined above

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