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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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  • 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
  • He would search for the hyperdrive; perhaps Hawkes would help him.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • That was practically a snail's pace, compared with hyperdrive.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • "I've heard a great deal about hyperdrive," he said quickly, changing the subject.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • This is going to be the fastest ride you've ever had next to hyperdrive.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • All necessary contact, now that they were out of hyperdrive, could be accomplished with the ship's radio.

    Unspecialist Murray F. Yaco
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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