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time warp

1. In science fiction, an occurrence of traveling forward or backward through time. The scientists activated a time warp so that Thompson could stop the war from ever happening. Traveling into the black hole acted as a time warp, sending us several millennia into the future.
2. A person, place, or thing that manifests the characteristics or aesthetics of a previous time period. The restaurant is a true time warp, delivering an authentic 1950s diner experience to its customers. The film is an odd mashup—a time warp in appearance and aesthetic to the likes of Casablanca, while having the graphic language and gore of modern R-rated fare.
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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 teenager-that 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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