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  1. (science fiction) A hypothetical device that enables users to communicate instantaneously across great distances; that is, a faster-than-light communication device.
    Etymology: First used in 1966 in w:Rocannon's World, Rocannon's World and expanded on in 1974 in w:The Dispossessed, The Dispossessed by w:Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin; Le Guin states that she derived it from answerable.

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