worm·​hole | \ ˈwərm-ˌhōl How to pronounce wormhole (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Based on the 1994 Roland Emmerich spectacle, the series continued to build its universe around the scientists and military personnel who make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization through a wormhole. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "After ‘Cobra Kai’: 10 hit shows based on movies," 10 Sep. 2020 Now thanks to the Alabama Supreme Court, there’s now a huge new loophole — or a wormhole — that could give public officials a safe space to meet away from the public. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama’s Supreme Court just put a big black spot on our sunshine law," 6 Sep. 2020 The wormhole design that could eventually succeed is tiny and strangely shaped, Iranian researchers say. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "If Wormholes Are Actually Going to Work, They'll Need to Look Weird," 23 June 2020 Thanks to the wormhole, characters end up slipping in and out of each of these time periods to disastrous consequences. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Most Mind-Bending Show Is Ending In The Most Apocalyptic Way," 26 May 2020 The wormhole must be held open by a material with negative mass, for example. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "If Wormholes Are Actually Going to Work, They'll Need to Look Weird," 23 June 2020 Some fans have a theory that season 3 itself will just end with the first episode from season 1, even though the whole purpose outlined in the season 3 trailer is to end the wormhole for good. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Most Mind-Bending Show Is Ending In The Most Apocalyptic Way," 26 May 2020 Here are five recommendations for purchase that might lead you into your own labyrinthine journey through the wormhole that is Bandcamp. Los Angeles Times, "Here are 5 awesome L.A. artists to support during Bandcamp’s COVID-19 initiative," 1 May 2020 Quibi’s a better option for impatient viewers like myself, who want to avoid endless wormholes but value series TV that clocks in under 10 minutes per episode. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, "Quibi is YouTube for people who hate YouTube. Let us explain," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wormhole

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wormhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wormhole. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wormhole

: a hole or passage made by a worm
technical : a hole or tunnel in outer space that some people believe connects two very distant places

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