esp. in time-travel contexts: in or from the past; cf. uptime adj.
Manned space probes might have been sent out, but were not. Too much evidence existed to suggest that Doomsday had been caused by alien intruders, who might still be in the neighborhood. Attracting their attention might lead to their discovery of the downtime chronoplanes.
Who was it rescued you the last time you ran off, saved you from being battered to death by a mob of downtime hooligans?
Why hadn’t the Standfast, the downtime ship, sent some sort of alert throughthe shaftlink comm system?… The signal had been flashed from the Standfast to the downtime stationkeeping laser relay.
any evidence 1978
Crawford Kilian, 'The Empire of Time'
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