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n. (context science fiction English) A hypothetical device that enables users to communicate instantaneously across great distances; that is, a faster-than-light communication device.


An ansible is a fictional machine capable of instantaneous or superluminal communication. It can send and receive messages to and from a corresponding device over any distance whatsoever with no delay. Ansibles occur as plot devices in science fiction literature.

Ansible (magazine)
Ansible (software)

Ansible is a free-software platform for configuring and managing computers which combines multi-node software deployment, ad hoc task execution, and configuration management. It manages nodes (Linux nodes must have Python 2.4 or later installed on them, Windows nodes require PowerShell 3.0 or later) over SSH or over PowerShell. Modules work over JSON and standard output and can be written in any programming language. The system uses YAML to express reusable descriptions of systems.

Michael DeHaan, the author of the provisioning server application Cobbler and co-author of the Func framework for remote administration, developed the platform. It is included as part of the Fedora distribution of Linux, owned by Red Hat Inc., and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Scientific Linux via Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) as well as for other operating systems.

Ansible, Inc. (originally AnsibleWorks, Inc.) was the company set up to commercially support and sponsor Ansible. It was acquired by Red Hat in October 2015.

The name "Ansible" references the fictional instantaneous hyperspace communication system (featured in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, and originally invented by Ursula K. Le Guin for her 1966 novel Rocannon's World).

Ansible (disambiguation)

An ansible is a fictional communication device.

Ansibile may also refer to:

  • Ansible (software), originally supported by Ansible, Inc.
  • Ansible (magazine)

Usage examples of "ansible".

They had fought some succesful limited wars to keep local governments from taking over ansible linkages.

Eight hours ago, when the ansible was still working, when those people were still alive .

In fact, in light of the ansible attack, they might think she was trying to misrepresent herself if she changed her story.

Ky knows we have an ansible watch, and a news item like this would be reason to check and see if any Vatta ships are in the area.

The afterglow of the ansible explosions had changed shape and color as the debris spread and cooled.

Nobody claimed to know how to fashion an ansible out of yarn and some extra carrots, which is what they had most of.

Would she know a compact military-grade ansible if she had one in her hands?

Three such organizations had relevant notations and had not shown up on any ansible listing since the Sabine ansibles went out.

Timodea ansible, apparently involved in the dispute over ownership of some uninhabitable but mineral-rich minor worlds.

Why would mercenaries, who depended on ansible communications as much as anyone else, risk the serious and permanent annoyance of the ISC?

We heard from other sources that the actual time of ansible loss was .

ISC tells us the communications ansible should be up for limited service in a day or so.

He could send a message by ansible to Belinta, telling her he was proud of her.

She planned to accept her ansible mail before talking to Customs, but Customs was already on the horn, demanding her presence.

She shook away the pervasive sense of deja vu that lingered after each ansible trance.