Full record for groundcar n.

Definition a car incapable of flight (in contrast with 'aircar')
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite E.E. Smith, "Galactic Patrol"
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from Isaac Asimov's "Evidence", which Mike Christie verified in the original 1946 magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation and Empire"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the original 1945 magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from E. E. Smith's "Gray Lensman" which Mike Christie verified in the original 1940 magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1981 reprint of Larry Niven's "Ringworld"; Treesong verified the cite in the 1970 first edition. Dan Tilque submitted a 1991 cite from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Barrayar".

Dan Tilque submitted a cite from a reprint of E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1937 first magazine appearance. Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1988 reprint of Lois McMaster Bujold's "Shards of Honour". Enoch Forrester submitted a 1958 cite from Horace Gold. Mike Christie submitted a 1970 cite from Frank Herbert's "Whipping Star". Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon's 1990 "Sassinak""; Michael Dolbear subsequently verified the cite in the 1990 first edition.

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Citations for groundcar n.

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1937 E. E. Smith in Astounding Stories Nov. 136/1, I will return in three hours, as well before sunset the wind makes it impossible to get even a ground car into the port.
1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy—Foundation iii.i. 80 They've come‥in a last-model ground car, the young pups.
1958 H. L. Gold Third Galaxy Reader 14 Planes, submarines, ground cars, air conditioning date back—in ideas laid out in detail drawings—to Leonardo da Vinci.
1970 F. Herbert in Worlds of If Sci. Fiction Jan. 16/1 ‘Why didn't you bring us by aircar?’‘People here on Cordiality are used to seeing me in a groundcar unless I'm on official business and require speed.’
1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) iii. 54 A ground car zipped out from the direction of the massive Control and Barracks complex.
1982 I. Asimov Foundation's Edge (1991) 221 There were other ground-cars moving in both directions and an occasional air-car above, but Pelorat was studying the trees.
1984 R. Silverberg Waiting for Earthquake in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 207 A few groundcars were parked at the airstrip.
1986 L. M. Bujold Shards of Honour (1988) 223 With the doctor on one side and her mother on the other, she dwelt in Vorkosigan's kiss all during the long walk to her mother's ground car.
1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 149 Trailing a ship through FTL space was, Sassinak thought, like following a groundcar through thick forest at night without using headlights.
1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak 141 Lieutenant Commander Huron, I'm sure you wouldn't listen to idle gossip‥any more than I would listen to gossip about you and your passion for groundcar racing.
1991 L. M. Bujold Barrayer 284 Not north toward their goal, but due south first, by groundcar into the next loyal District.