wormhole

noun
worm·​hole | \ˈwərm-ˌhōl \

Definition of wormhole 

1 : a hole or passage burrowed by a worm

2 : a hypothetical structure of space-time envisioned as a tunnel connecting points that are separated in space and time

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If you associate "wormhole" with quantum physics and sci-fi, you'll probably be surprised to learn that the word has been around since Shakespeare's day - although, admittedly, he used it more literally than most modern writers. To Shakespeare, a "wormhole" was simply a hole made by a worm, but even the Bard subtly linked "wormholes" to the passage of time; for example, in The Rape of Lucrece, he notes time's destructive power "to fill with worm-holes stately monuments." To modern astrophysicists, a wormhole isn't a tunnel wrought by a slimy invertebrate, but a theoretical tunnel between two black holes or other points in space-time, providing a shortcut between its end points.

Examples of wormhole in a Sentence

We found tiny wormholes in the potatoes.

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But what if this all-stories-welcome wormhole closes? Taylor Rainbolt, Glamour, "Alana Mayo, Michael B. Jordan's Secret Weapon, Is Poised to Take Over Hollywood," 12 Oct. 2018 As The Cut discovered, the Leonardo DiCaprio doppelgänger (or a young DiCaprio lost in an Inception-style wormhole?) is hiding among the shampoo bars and shower gel in a Massachusetts Lush retail store. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Employee Goes Viral for Being Leonardo DiCaprio's Doppelgänger," 15 Aug. 2018 The most massive rap website to emerge from the era was WorldStarHipHop, which rewrote the template in comic sans and offered dystopian wormholes of street rap, twerking videos and amateur fistfights shakily taped on cellphones. Jeff Weiss, latimes.com, "How Instagram and YouTube help underground hip-hop artists and tastemakers find huge audiences," 4 July 2018 The artistic installation features 100 pounds of moss, lichens, other botanical specimens and string models of Einstein-Rosen bridges, or wormholes. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Explore Seattle’s map of ‘high weirdness’: Ghost canoe, rumored troll, Hell Mouth — and more," 28 June 2018 Rather than moralizing over Onira Tech’s invention, Reverie’s pilot simply uses it as a framing device, like a wormhole that takes Kint to new mindscapes instead of alien planets. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "NBC’s new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia," 30 May 2018 There may be a wormhole in the middle of the whole thing. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 Trying to buy sustainable seafood generally means falling down a wormhole of charts, ranking systems, and misinformation. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "The Best Way to Buy Sustainable Seafood? Support a Local Fishery," 21 June 2018 One way to resolve these problems is if black holes were actually wormholes. Marcus Woo, Scientific American, "Gravitational “Echoes” Could Reveal Colliding Wormholes," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of wormhole

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wormhole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wormhole

: a hole or passage made by a worm

: a hole or tunnel in outer space that some people believe connects two very distant places

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