transmat

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, from transmit or transfer and matter.

Noun[edit]

transmat (plural transmats)

  1. (UK, science fiction) A teleporter; a fictional device that transfers/transmits matter from one location to another without the object traversing the intervening distance as itself.
    • 1970, Robert Silverberg, Tower of Glass:
      Three lines of workers began to vanish into the transmats, heading for their homes in the android compounds of five continents, []
    • 1975, Terry Nation, Genesis of the Daleks (Doctor Who, season 12, serial 4), opening dialogue:
      TIME LORD: Ah. Welcome, Doctor.
      DOCTOR: What's going on? Don't you realize how dangerous it is to intercept a transmat beam?
      TIME LORD: Oh, come, Doctor, not with our techniques. We Time Lords transcended such simple mechanical devices when the universe was less than half its present size.
    • 2005, Russell T Davies, Bad Wolf (Doctor Who series 1, episode 12):
      LYNDA: Oh, that's the transmat. Scrambles your head — I was sick for days.