Full record for jump n.

Definition a journey through hyperspace; any instantaneous (long-distance) travel
OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite Isaac Asimov, "Escape"
Comment Mike Christie found a citation in a 1973 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "The Currents of Space"; and subsequently verified the cite in the 1952 first magazine appearance based on correspondence with Tom Whitmore. Eva Snyder submitted a 1965 cite from Delany's "The Ballad of Beta-2". Charlie Petit submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1951 first edition, and also verified that the cite does not appear in the 1942 original magazine publication. Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Isaac Asimov's story "Escape"; Mike Christie verified the original August 1945 magazine appearance.

Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Douglas Adams' "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1979 first edition. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep". Katrina Campbell submitted a 1981 cite from Bob Shaw's "Galactic Tours: Thomas Cook Out of This World Vacations". Brandon Ray submitted a cite from Isaac Asimov's "Dead Hand"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the April 1945 first magazine appearance. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Norman Spinrad's 1983 "The Void Captain's Tale".

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Citations for jump n.

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1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Q. Spring 217/2 So far behind them now as to be almost lost in the far scattered universes, lay their own Island, and carefully they photographed and marked it. Then they photographed the Universe that now lay less than twenty million light years ahead. [‥] Carefully, running forward in jumps of five million light years, forty-five second drives, they worked nearer.
1945 I. Asimov in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Apr. 57/2 In grasshopper jumps of increasing magnitude, the trade ship was spanning the Galaxy in its return to the Foundation.
1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy—Foundation i.i. 4 He had steeled himself just a little for the Jump through hyper-space.
1951 I. Asimov Foundation 12 He had steeled himself just a little for the Jump through hyper-space, a phenomenon one did not experience in simple interplanetary trips. The Jump remained, and would probably remain forever, the only practical method of travelling between the stars.
1952 I. Asimov Currents of Space (1973) xiii. 144 It took hours to reach a point far enough from star-mass distortion of the space-fabric to make a jump possible.
1965 S. R. Delany Ballad of Beta-2 13 Their technical means would not suffice for an interplanetary jump of more than six or seven million miles.
1966 S. Delany Babel-17 iii. iv. 152 You wouldn't think something that's so flimsy and shakes around like that would fly or make stasis jumps.
1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 185 From Kaph-35 we jumped to Samk-78, from there to Ayin-129 and finally to Sade-138. Most of the jumps were no more than a few hundred light years, but the last one was 140,000—supposedly the longest collapsar jump ever made by a manned craft.
1979 D. Adams Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy 49 ‘No, don't move‥you'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasantly like being drunk.’‘What's so unpleasant about being drunk?’‘You ask a glass of water.’
1980 D. Brin Sundiver v.xiv. 146 Maybe people were more naturally intimate when they left Earth for the long Jump on Calypso.
1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 43 It is only when the tourist first sets eyes on an interstellar ship that he gets an inkling of the difference in scale between ‘planet-hopping’ within the solar system and the taking of the Big Jump across the void to the vicinity of another star.
1983 N. Spinrad Void Captain's Tale (1984) 115 What I had learned in the embrace of my Pilot was something well established in the annals of biology and even a truism of Jump technology: the orgasmic potential of the female of our species transcends that of the male.
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 300 The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
1991 M. Weiss King's Test i.x.101, I am making the Jump in exactly one minute.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep (1993) 242 In this part of The Beyond they could go a thousandth of a light-year on each jump—farther, but then the recompute time would be substantially worse.
1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files Pro-files 53 As someone who made the jump from academia to acting, the lanky New York native has gone from being deeply rooted in the Ivy League to a profession where he periodically finds himself ankle-deep in ivy (or worse) gazing skyward at objects that will only be added later using computer-generated graphics.
1995 A. Thomson Color of Distance (1999) viii. 84 Was the mother ship gone as well? Had the Kotani Maru made the jump to hyperspace? Could they still come back for her?
1999 A. Thomson Through Alien Eyes (2000) i. 35 I'm looking forward to the jump‥. It will be good to be moving toward Earth instead of away from Tiangi.