Definition of hyperdrive in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhīpərˌdrīv/ /ˈhaɪpərˌdraɪv/


  • 1(in science fiction) a propulsion system for travel in hyperspace.

    ‘I slammed the ship into hyperdrive’
    • ‘Mark may not be able to handle a hyperdrive’
    • ‘I know more about starship engines and hyperdrives than I ever wanted to know.’
    • ‘Take up screening positions around Nova Fortress and have your hyperdrives slaved to ours.’
    • ‘Propulsion was handled by four cold-fusion engines and the hyperdrive systems were prototype units.’
    • ‘It is the hyperdrive that enables vessels to travel at faster-than-light speeds, which amazes my people.’
    • ‘Sir, it will take a few minutes to prime the hyperdrive, and the Helio-Fighters are dropping on ammo.’
    1. 1.1A state of great or frantic activity.
      • ‘the promotional push for the movie is going into hyperdrive’


1950s from hyper-+ drive.