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hyperdrive

n.

by 1955, an invented word of science fiction writers to describe anything that can power a space craft faster than the speed of light. See hyper- + drive (n.).

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Examples from the Web for hyperdrive

Historical Examples

  • Why, on hyperdrive you could go forty-eight trillion miles in that time.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • On Koshchei there are shipyards and hyperdrive engines and everything we will need.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • They had recovered all the old techniques, up to and including the hyperdrive.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Still haven't given up the idea of finding the hyperdrive, have you?

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • I've just begun thinking seriously about this business of hyperdrive.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg