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noun
  1. a theoretical apparatus that would convey one to the past or future.
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Origin of time machine

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

Historical Examples

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