Definition of space age in English:

space age


the space age
  • The era starting when the exploration of space became possible.

    • ‘Satellite communication was the only truly commercial space technology to be developed in the first forty years or so after the beginning of the space age in 1957.’
    • ‘The era of the expendable rocket may prove to be a long one in the evolving history of the space age.’
    • ‘In essence, the space age was a child of the Cold War.’
    • ‘World scientists now realized that the German rocket scientists had brought us to the edge of the space age.’
    • ‘Compared to the United States or the Soviet Union at the dawn of the space age, China is taking longer but fewer strides.’
    • ‘First, in the 1950s and 1960s we had the space age, with satellites and moon landings.’
    • ‘As the space age and computer technology have combined to open new windows on the universe, many extraordinary phenomena have been detected that provide an ideal laboratory for testing general relativity.’
    • ‘In conclusion, space exploration in the 1990's has contributed a lot to the space age.’
    • ‘It had its supporters and detractors, but it was a bold design crafted during the birth of the space age.’
    • ‘Since the space age began in the 1950s, there have been almost 200 explosions in orbit, just under half of which involved old rocket bodies.’
    • ‘We must overcome the hypnotic trance into which we have been lulled, which causes us to deny, in the space age into which we see ourselves as entering, the relevance of all the traditional knowledge of the past.’
    • ‘The work amply illustrates the interesting fact that the space age is moving toward the half-century mark, meaning that some perspective is now being obtained.’
    • ‘Why should an engineer or space scientist care about the social sciences when they have done fine without them (aside from psychology) since the beginning of the space age?’
    • ‘Instead of the space age, we now have the cyber age.’
    • ‘German scientists had won the race to begin the space age.’
    • ‘Although largely ignored during his lifetime, Tsiolkovsky's work was finally recognized as the space age got underway.’
    • ‘The world looked on with awe as the space age began.’
    • ‘When Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit on October 4, 1957, the space age was born and the fields of science, engineering and technology were changed forever.’
    • ‘By now, the space shuttles can be considered the dinosaurs of the space age, as obsolete as a 386 computer.’
    • ‘The advent of the space age, together with advances in computerized telescope technology, have not only accelerated the rate of astronomical discovery but also underscored just how crowded the night sky is.’


  • Very modern; technologically advanced.

    ‘a space-age control room’
    • ‘Today, medical research relies heavily on space-age technology and breakthroughs occur almost every day, sometimes arrived at in the most unexpected ways.’
    • ‘As well as ancient sights that rank among the wonders of the world, China now has space-age hotels and superb shopping.’
    • ‘A space-age street car, which is to become the face of public transport in York, wowed future users when it went on show in the heart of the city.’
    • ‘Even space-age technology is applied in orthodontics, they claim.’
    • ‘Its bubble shape, multicolours and unashamedly artificial materials are similar to the space-age furniture and products that have inspired the latest bout of retro-futurism.’
    • ‘From the ceiling hangs an ultramodern chandelier, with space-age light fixtures hanging from bare cables.’
    • ‘This space-age feel continues inside where a biometric security system on the doors to research departments allows the staff to fingerprint in and keep the spies out.’
    • ‘How achingly modern and space-age it all sounded!’
    • ‘The equipment itself was like space-age technology.’
    • ‘Many sceptics dismissed the original report, with its space-age vision of Oldham, as a pipe dream that would never see the light of day.’
    • ‘New technology has created space-age irons that let you curl, crimp, bend, flip, spiral, straighten and create unique designs and shapes.’
    • ‘A homoeopath is using space-age technology to analyse her patients.’
    • ‘The acute sense of futurism of the new architectural movement was heavily influenced by space-age technology, in contrast to the earthier tendencies of the hippy movement.’
    • ‘As soon as we said we wanted to go up, she got onto her walkie talkie and sorted out someone to take us to the very smart, rather space-age lift.’
    • ‘Hopes are high that a 15-year wrangle over access to the Ribble Way could finally be solved this year, with a space-age £500,000 bridge.’
    • ‘It's added a rare touch of glamour to the club, whose space-age stadium squats anomalously on the edge of a determinedly humdrum town.’
    • ‘It guides the war fighter to the target, and in a disaster helps rescue teams with an array of space-age technologies.’
    • ‘The luxury rooms will come complete with space-age bathrooms specially made in Denmark, leather headboards and crushed velvet bedspreads.’
    • ‘This space-age fantasy is technologically revolutionary, but a throwback nonetheless.’
    • ‘The 30-year-old company president says his aim was to make space-age technology not just available but acceptable to laypeople.’