Full record for wormhole n.

Definition a hypothetical interconnection between widely separated regions of space-time
OED requirements antedating 1957
Earliest cite 1957 Misner and Wheeler in 'Ann. Physics II'
Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for wormhole n.

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1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 176 The human navigator only came into the picture if a miscalculation popped you into the wrong “wormhole,” and you popped out in some random part of space.
1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 90 What's it like? A Mylar wormhole.
1989 Isaac Asimov's Sci. Fiction Mag. Dec. 175/1 In Eon , an artificial worldlet called the Thistledown, which somehow arrives from the future, contains the machinery for generating ‘The Way’, a kind of tubular wormhole universe, fifty kilometers in diameter and more or less infinitely long, snaking, not only through space and time, but alternate universes too.
1989 Omni Sept. 86/2 Wormholes—the minuscule holes that today's cosmologist say may be shortcuts through space—might be pried open.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 71/1 This one involved general relativity, but using ‘wormholes’ instead of massive rotating objects.
1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 18 But no way of avoiding the speed limit set by Einstein had been discovered, and although ‘wormholes in space’ had been proved to exist, nothing even as large as an atomic nucleus could pass through them.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 21/3 The space station is located near the mouth of a newly discovered wormhole, a phenomenon that provides a short cut to a distant unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.
1994 B. Hambly Crossroad vii.105 Research now points to a kind of wormhole theory.
1994 Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 118/1 A wormhole is a short cut through the Universe.
1994 S. Baxter Ring (1996) 43 The flitter tumbled from the shimmering throat of the wormhole transit route from Port Sol to Earthport. Louise Ye Armonk peered out of the cramped cabin, looking for Earth. Mark sat beside her, a bookslate on his lap.
1994 S.M. Baxter Ring (1996) ii. 28 The incident that followed the opening of the wormhole had been confused, chaotic, difficult to disentangle.
1995 P. David Captain's Daughter i. i. 8 She suddenly found herself trapped in a wormhole.
1996 W. Shatner Return xix. 157 The stranger's face and everything around him broke up into coarse pixels that swirled like a closing wormhole.
1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre ii. 24 The Cardassian ruling elite had become obsessed with finding a new wormhole passage to the Gamma Quadrant.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity iv. 45 ‘Wormhole!’ Sulu shouted as the bridge was suddenly buffeted by a series of floor-shaking jolts.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper iii. v. 64 Long-range sensors turned up something we were not prepared for—namely, a series of subspace wormholes.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 19 A wormhole is opening‥and there is a steep increase in radiation output.
2000 K. MacLeod Cosmonaut Keep (2001) 47 He'd have been absolutely fucking delighted with one that could be traversed with some kind of warp-drive or jumpgates or wormholes or similar fanciful mechanism.
2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star i. 22 Tanyata was very definitely a frontier planet; the last to be established in this sector of phase two space. It simply wasn't commercially practical to build wormholes that reached any further.
2005 Apex Sci. Fiction & Horror Digest Autumn 102 McKee pulls a switcheroo and has the Intimidator effectively trussed up and tossed into a wormhole where it passes through a nebula and into another corner of the galaxy.
2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist i. 19 Following the Third Diasporian Age (and much more besides—galactic history wasn't really simple on any scale) another wormhole brought Ulubis back on-line to become part of the Third Complex.