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noun worm·hole \ˈwərm-ˌhōl\

Definition of wormhole

  1. 1 :  a hole or passage burrowed by a worm

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

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Examples of wormhole in a Sentence

  1. We found tiny wormholes in the potatoes.

Did You Know?

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.

1593

First Known Use of wormhole

1593


WORMHOLE Defined for English Language Learners

wormhole

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noun worm·hole \ˈwərm-ˌhōl\

Definition of wormhole for English Language Learners

  • : 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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