Full record for time warp n.

Definition a distortion of space-time that is conceived as causing or enabling a person to remain stationary in time or to travel backwards or forwards in time
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite Oliver Saari, 'The Time Bender'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1939 cite from Clifford Simak's "Cosmic Engineers". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1980 reprint of Robert Moore Williams' "Flight of the Dawn Star", which Mike Christie verified in its 1938 first publication. Fred Galvin submitted a 1937 cite from "The Time Bender" by Oliver Saari

(Earliest cite in the OED: 1954)

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Citations for time warp n.

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1937 Astounding Stories Aug. 72/2 Cameron, of the twentieth century, was using the time warp to propel him ahead in time.
1938 R. M. Williams Flight of Dawn Star in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Mar. 36/1 ‘That warp,’said Sarl slowly. ‘—was a time warp and not a space warp. You went along with the Sun as it moved, and when you came through again, the stars had shifted until you couldn't recognize them. You thought you had been shifted in space.’
1939 C. Simak in Astounding Sci. Fiction Apr. 134/2 They will use a time warp‥. They will bud out from their universe, but in doing so they will distort the time factor in the walls of their hypersphere.
1951 ‘H. H. Holmes’ Rocket to Morgue 54 The gadget stories were more interesting. They frequently made honest attempts at forecasting scientific developments. Atomic power, stratosphere exploration, the rocket flight that so absorbs Chantrelle, all the features that may revolutionize the second half of this century as thoroughly as radio and the airplane have transformed this half—all these became familiar, workable things. But the writers stopped there. Interest lay in the gadget itself. And science fiction was headed for a blind alley until the realization came that even science fiction must remain fiction, and fiction is basically about people, not subatomic blasters nor time warps.
1966 R. Sheckley Mindswap 132 “I stepped into a time warp on the twelfth hole,” Uncle Max said.
1968 D.C. Fontana Tomorrow is Yesterday in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 31 A time warp landed us back here.
1974 J. Blish Star Trek 10 5 Time warp distortion.
1985 B. Hambly Ishmael iv. 59 Time warps can be created.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible i. 14 Voting from deep space was a sometimes sticky procedure, complicated by time-warp distortions, differing residency laws from planet to planet, and the difficulty of sending secret ballots on hyperchannel.
1987 J.B. Stine Spaceballs xxiii.117 Once upon a time warp‥deep in outer space, far beyond the known universe, there lived a ruthless race of beings known as‥spaceballs.
1987 N. Spinrad Little Heroes (1989) 169 There was a warmth in those eyes, a wisdom, a spirit of adventure, God help him, a sexiness , that made him wish for a time warp, for certainly there was nothing he would have liked more than to embark upon this adventure with the hot young girl this old lady had so manifestly once been.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun vii. 86 He eased down into the empty floor space next to Marion, wondering if the room had fallen into a twenty-year time warp.
1995 D. Carey & J.I. Kirkland First Frontier i. iii. 45 Warp—time—warp—warp.