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in science fiction, a device which allows a space vehicle to travel faster than the speed of light, entering hyperspace; also, the state of such space travel


Isaac Asimov first talked about hyperdrive in the 1940s.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • "I've heard a great deal about hyperdrive," he said quickly, changing the subject.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • I've just begun thinking seriously about this business of hyperdrive.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • A ship on hyperdrive could log light-years an hour, but radio waves still had to travel 186,000 mps.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • He would search for the hyperdrive; perhaps Hawkes would help him.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • All necessary contact, now that they were out of hyperdrive, could be accomplished with the ship's radio.

    Unspecialist Murray F. Yaco
  • That was practically a snail's pace, compared with hyperdrive.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • The subdued whine of the hyperdrive filled the power deck and made Roger wince as he stepped through the hatch and waved at Astro.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • Why, on hyperdrive you could go forty-eight trillion miles in that time.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • At first, Conn thought that it might be possible to build a hyperdrive ship here, without having to go to Koshchei at all.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Gadolinium was essential to hyperdrive engines; the engines of a ship the size of the Nemesis required fifty pounds of it.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
Word Origin and History for hyperdrive

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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