wayback machine

noun
variants: or less commonly Wayback Machine

Definition of wayback machine

humorous
: 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

Examples of wayback machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine -- when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Mom wants 'frumpy' daughter to snag a man," 31 Oct. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine -- when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Mom wants 'frumpy' daughter to snag a man," 31 Oct. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine -- when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Mom wants 'frumpy' daughter to snag a man," 31 Oct. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine -- when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Mom wants 'frumpy' daughter to snag a man," 31 Oct. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine — when mothers encouraged, coached or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Mom wants ‘frumpy’ daughter to snag a man," 1 Nov. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine -- when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Mom wants 'frumpy' daughter to snag a man," 31 Oct. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine – when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Detroit Free Press, "Mom wants ‘frumpy’ daughter to snag a man," 1 Nov. 2019 Your question reads like something pulled from the wayback machine — when mothers encouraged, coached, or bullied their daughters on how to catch a man. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Mom wants “frumpy” daughter to snag a man," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wayback machine

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Wayback machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayback%20machine. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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