time machine

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noun

a theoretical apparatus that would convey one to the past or future.

Origin of time machine

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for time machine

Historical Examples of time machine

  • He got into his time-machine and set out for home in the twentieth century.

    A Traveler in Time

    August Derleth

  • Having once got his seat in his time-machine Wells has never abandoned it.

    Six Major Prophets

    Edwin Emery Slosson

  • But now you must get to work, and build us another 'time-machine', so that we can hunt him down.

    Flight From Tomorrow

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The "time-machine" came to rest with a soft jar and a crashing of broken bushes that was audible through the sound pickup.

    Flight From Tomorrow

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Then the whole interior of the "time-machine" was afire; there was barely time for Hradzka to leap through the open door.

    Flight From Tomorrow

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for time machine

time machine

noun

(in science fiction) a machine in which people or objects can be transported into the past or the future
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