time warp

a hypothetical eccentricity in the progress of time that would allow movement back and forth between eras or that would permit the passage of time to be suspended.


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time warp
1.  any distortion of space-time
2.  a hypothetical distortion of time in which people and events from one age can be imagined to exist in another age
3.  informal an illusion in which time appears to stand still: he is living in a time warp

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time warp

A stoppage in the passage of time; also, a distortion of time whereby an event or person could hypothetically move from one era to another. For example, Nothing in their lives has changed since the sixties; they're in a time warp, or Having a seventy-year-old actress portray a teenagerthat was some time warp! This term originated in science fiction, where it signifies "a supernatural movement from one era to another," and came to be used more loosely. [c. 1950]

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Example sentences
But the current war can make tribes seem as if they belong in a time warp.
Transplants from the corporate world might have concluded they were in a time
What is in play is that all light from all galaxies is bent by the space-time
  warp of gravity.
The profession at times has seemed to be lost in a time warp.
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