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07 October 2012 @ 11:15 pm
Word of the Day - Time Traveler  
time traveller | time traveler, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈtʌɪm ˌtravlə/, U.S. /ˈtaɪm ˌtrævələr/
Forms: see time n., int., and conj. and traveller n.
Etymology: < time n. + traveller n. Compare time travelling n., also earlier time-travelling adj.
orig. Science Fiction.
1. An imagined or hypothetical person who travels into the past or future.
1894 H. G. Wells in National Observer 28 Apr. 608/1 ‘There,’ said the Time Traveller, ‘I am unable to give you an explanation. All I know is that the climate was very much warmer than it is now.’
1895 H. G. Wells Time Machine i. 1 The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.
1930 Wonder Stories Nov. 489 We have purposely allowed our time travellers to become known to the people of the eras that they visit, for in this way the great drama of the story becomes apparent.
1972 M. Crichton Terminal Man iii. i. 106 Slowly..he seemed to emerge like a time-traveler advancing through the years.
2006 Herald Express(Torquay) (Nexis) 15 July 11 A time traveller from the 1950s would be hard put to it to understand this phenomenon.
2. A person who imaginatively returns to, recreates, or investigates aspects of the past, or envisions and hypothesizes about the future.
1934 C. Lambert Music Ho! ii. 69 The most successful time traveller of our days was undoubtedly Serge Diaghileff.
1985 D. Dunn Elegies 50 A whiff of old jotters, and I'm a time-traveller.
1991 C. Paglia Sex, Art, & Amer. Culture (1992) 222 True scholars are time-travelers, not space-travellers.
2003 R. MacFarlane Mountains of Mind (2004) ii. 31 Burnet was the first of the geological time-travellers, an explorer backwards in history—a conquistador of that most foreign of all countries, the remote past.