Full record for teleport n.

Definition a mechanism that can perform teleportation
OED requirements antedating 1944
Earliest cite H. Walton 'Boomerang'
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Clifford Simak's "Time Quarry"; Mike Christie verified the original 1950 magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1994 reprint of F.M. Busby's 1993 "The Singularity Project". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Douglas Adams' 1980 "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe". Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Robert Abernathy's "The Canal-Builders". Mike Christie submitted a 1944 cite from Harry Walton's "Boomerang". Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham verified a cite from a 1981 reprint of Damien Broderick's 1980 "The Dreaming Dragons".
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Citations for teleport n.

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1944 H. Walton Boomerang in Astounding Sci. Fiction June 119/2 Of course, a teleport paid for itself in a place like this, which most pillars of society would rather not be seen coming to or leaving. If you were on the City Enforcement League, like Samuel Sporn, it was especially nice to be able to enter a cubicle in your apartment and step out here with none the wiser.
1945 R. Abernathy Canal-Builders in Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 44/1 When we use the teleport, we travel through a sort of interspace between Earth and Mars, in which the distance is insignificant—infinitesimal, so that for practical purposes we have the planets superimposed.
1952 ‘T. Sturgeon’ in Galaxy Oct. 58/1 I'll tell you. I'm the central ganglion of a complex organism which is composed of Baby, a computer; Bonnie and Beanie, teleports; Jane, telekineticist; and myself, telepath and central control.
1980 D. Adams Restaurant at End of Universe (1985) 166 He tossed a coin into the teleport and jiggled a switch on the lolling control panel. With a crackle and spit of light, the coin vanished. ‘That much of it works,’ said Ford, ‘however, there is no guidance system. A matter transference teleport without guidance programming could put you‥well, anywhere.’
1980 D. Broderick Dreaming Dragons (1981) 104 Hugh told me you were looking for bones when you found the teleport gate.
1983 S. Brust Jhereg Introd. 4 Slowly, my stomach settled down from the nausea that had hit when I had done the teleport that brought me here.
1984 S. Brust Yendi i. 2 Lady Teldra let me in as I recovered from the teleport.
1993 F. M. Busby Singularity Project (1994) 24 ‘The professor stated an analogy; it was printed as a purported factual claim. The real fact is that Dr.Pedicord posits a means of instantaneous transportation.’‘A teleport?’ Sure, I read those stories; they're fun. ‘You get in a phone booth in L.A. and dial a number and step out in New York?’ He nodded.
2008 N.Y. Times (National ed.) 9 Sept. b5/3 The computer in Brundle's lab that connects the two huge teleports he has invented is a big, old-fashioned thing with knobs, lights and control panels‥. He turns to his telepods as a way to consummate the fantasy of liberating himself from his flesh. Stripped naked, Mr. Okulitch enters one telepod in a trance and emerges from the other amid smoke and eerie light.