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[tel-uh-pawrt, -pohrt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to transport (a body) by telekinesis.
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Origin of teleport1

1950–55; back formation from teleportation, equivalent to tele-1 + (trans)portation
Related formstel·e·por·ta·tion, tel·e·por·tage, noun
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Examples from the Web for teleportation

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  • "Teleportation is the descriptive term in your language, I believe," said Venor.

    Cubs of the Wolf

    Raymond F. Jones

  • You wouldn't move, because it wouldn't be teleportation at all.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Is she—convinced that teleportation's no good, the way Mike is?

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He was thinking vaguely of teleportation; each boulder was a two-man job.

    The Syndic

    C.M. Kornbluth

  • In capturing them, Malone, too, had learned the teleportation secret.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for teleportation


  1. (tr) (in science fiction) to transport (a person or object) across a distance instantaneously
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Derived Formsteleportation, noun

Word Origin

C20: from tele- + port 5
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Word Origin and History for teleportation


1931, as a term in psychics and science fiction, from tele- + (trans)portation.

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1940, in reference to religious miracles, from tele- + ending from transport. Related: Teleported; teleporter; teleporting.

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