worm·​hole ˈwərm-ˌhōl How to pronounce wormhole (audio)
: a hole or passage burrowed by a worm
: 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 William Shakespeare's day. 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 poem 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Not that the viewers enjoying a gorgeous day in front of a video wormhole seemed to mind. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 24 May 2024 Outer space was a common theme throughout the show’s two acts, with the crowd going through wormholes and blots of color earlier in the night before touching down on new planets later on. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 Being this kind of standard-issue Democrat, doing great work in New York cleaning up the Hudson River, but then falling down these wormholes of conspiracy theories that are just honestly outrageous, unproven, and slightly crazy and dangerous. Slightly crazy and dangerous? Sean Woods, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 Myriad theories about aliens, wormholes, government cover-ups, and time travel are proffered by a menagerie of weirdos—fanatical researchers, ex-government officials, huckster media personalities. Lucas Ropek / Gizmodo, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for wormhole 

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wormhole was in 1593


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“Wormhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wormhole. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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worm·​hole ˈwərm-ˌhōl How to pronounce wormhole (audio)
: a hole or passage made by a worm
: a hypothetical object that is thought of as a tunnel connecting points that are widely separated in space and time

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