TARDIS

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The Doctor's TARDIS.

Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1963 for the British science-fiction programme Doctor Who; said to stand for "Time and Relative Dimension in Space".

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Proper noun[edit]

TARDIS (plural TARDISes)

  1. The time machine and spacecraft used by the Doctor in the British sci-fi television series Doctor Who, which is larger on the inside than its exterior (that of a British police box) suggests, or any of the conceptually similar time machines used by other members of the Doctor's race, the Time Lords.
    • 1986, Pip & Jane Baker, The Mark of the Rani, chapter 19, page 129:
      'While I was in the Rani's TARDIS, I made an adjustment or two.' He chuckled, remembering the occasion.
    • 2000, Fraser A. Sherman, Cyborgs, Santa Claus, and Satan, page 57:
      The Master's essence escapes his funeral urn and lands the TARDIS in San Francisco on December 30, 1999.
    • 2004, Will Hadcroft, The Feeling's Unmutual: Growing up with Asperger Syndrome (Undiagnosed),‎ page 16:
      I want the ground to swallow me up. I want to hide in a corner, curl up, and weep, sucking my thumb. I want the TARDIS to appear and take me away.
  2. Temporal Analysis, Reconnaissance and Decision Integration System.

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Noun[edit]

TARDIS (plural TARDISes)

  1. Alternative form of Tardis (something which resembles the bigger-on-the-inside time machine from the series Doctor Who).
    • 2008, in Astronomy Now, volume 22, issues 7–12, page 36:
      This unassuming Georgian terrace house, located within five minutes walk of the busy commercial and tourist heart of Bath in Somerset, is like a veritable TARDIS of astronomical history and discovery, with more to see on the inside than its [exterior suggests].

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