- to bend or twist out of shape, especially from a straight or flat form, as timbers or flooring.
- to bend or turn from the natural or true direction or course.
- to distort or cause to distort from the truth, fact, true meaning, etc.; bias; falsify: Prejudice warps the mind.
- Aeronautics. to curve or bend (a wing or other airfoil) at the end or ends to promote equilibrium or to secure lateral control.
- Nautical. to move (a vessel) into a desired place or position by hauling on a rope that has been fastened to something fixed, as a buoy or anchor.
- Agriculture. to fertilize (land) by inundation with water that deposits alluvial matter.
- to become bent or twisted out of shape, especially out of a straight or flat form: The wood has warped in drying.
- to be or become biased; hold or change an opinion due to prejudice, external influence, or the like.
- to warp a ship or boat into position.
- (of a ship or boat) to move by being warped.
- (of a stratum in the earth's crust) to bend slightly, to a degree that no fold or fault results.
- a bend, twist, or variation from a straight or flat form in something, as in wood that has dried unevenly.
- a mental twist, bias, or quirk, or a biased or twisted attitude or judgment.
- the set of yarns placed lengthwise in the loom, crossed by and interlaced with the weft, and forming the lengthwise threads in a woven fabric.
- time warp.
- a situation, environment, etc., that seems characteristic of another era, especially in being out of touch with contemporary life or attitudes, etc.
- Also called spring, spring line. Nautical. a rope for warping or hauling a ship or boat along or into position.
- alluvial matter deposited by water, especially water let in to inundate low land so as to enrich it.
Origin of warp
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Examples from the Web for warp
But the thugs are numerous enough to be part of the warp and woof of the community.The War on Drugs Is What Makes Thugs
August 21, 2014
Instead, now we have a political science case-study proving how political fortunes can shift and change at warp speed.Should Christie Resign from the Republican Governors Association?
January 21, 2014
One of my favorite moments in that film was when Spock mends the warp core and Captain Kirk goes down to see him.Simon Pegg on His First ‘Star Trek’ Memories, Playing Scotty, and More
May 13, 2013
How to get Fitzgerald house trained before the floorboards begin to warp?The Economics of Puppy Management
February 22, 2013
But the warp and woof of the business changed hardly at all, nor should it have.Al Qaeda’s Failure on Wall Street
September 12, 2011
It is not affected by moisture and it is therefore not so liable to warp and lose its shape.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
Of this warp and woof have all the strange patterns of Spanish life been woven.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
And as a shuttle separates the warp from the woof, so a name distinguishes the natures of things.Cratylus
As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.Laws
That helplessness, which I felt rather than saw, wove into the warp of my love.Bardelys the Magnificent
- to twist or cause to twist out of shape, as from heat, damp, etc
- to turn or cause to turn from a true, correct, or proper course
- to pervert or be perverted
- (tr) to prepare (yarn) as a warp
- nautical to move (a vessel) by hauling on a rope fixed to a stationary object ashore or (of a vessel) to be moved thus
- (tr) (formerly) to curve or twist (an aircraft wing) in order to assist control in flight
- (tr) to flood (land) with water from which alluvial matter is deposited
- the state or condition of being twisted out of shape
- a twist, distortion, or bias
- a mental or moral deviation
- the yarns arranged lengthways on a loom, forming the threads through which the weft yarns are woven
- the heavy threads used to reinforce the rubber in the casing of a pneumatic tyre
- nautical a rope used for warping a vessel
- alluvial sediment deposited by water
Word Origin and History for warp
"to bend, twist, distort," Old English weorpan "to throw, throw away, hit with a missile," from Proto-Germanic *werpanan "to fling by turning the arm" (cf. Old Saxon werpan, Old Norse verpa "to throw," Swedish värpa "to lay eggs," Old Frisian werpa, Middle Low German and Dutch werpen, German werfen, Gothic wairpan "to throw"), from PIE *werb- "to turn, bend" (cf. Latin verber "whip, rod;" Greek rhabdos "rod," rhombos "magic wheel"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Connection between "turning" and "throwing" is perhaps in the notion of rotating the arm in the act of throwing; cf. Serbo-Croatian obratiti, Old Church Slavonic vreshti "to throw." The meaning "twist out of shape" is first recorded c.1400; intransitive sense is from mid-15c. Related: Warped; warping.
"threads running lengthwise in a fabric," Old English wearp-, from Proto-Germanic *warpo- (cf. Middle Low German warp, Old High German warf "warp," Old Norse varp "cast of a net"), from root *werp- (see warp (v.)). The warp of fabric is that across which the woof is "thrown." Applied in 20c. astrophysics to the "fabric" of space-time, popularized in noun phrase warp speed by 1960s TV series "Star Trek."