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time warp

n.
A hypothetical discontinuity or distortion occurring in the flow of time that would move events from one time period to another or suspend the passage of time.

time warp

n
1. any distortion of space-time
2. (General Physics) 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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n.
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.
[1950–55]

time warp

- A concept that arose in the 1950s and originally applied to science fiction.
See also related terms for science fiction.
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