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warp factor


in science fiction, the level of warp speed, the amount to which a spaceship's speed exceeds the speed of light


Warp factor one is the speed of light.

Word Origin

from Star Trek

Usage Note

usu. Used with number's 21st Century Lexicon
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warp factor

noun phrase

A very large factor of multiplication; a high exponent: We feel it won't increase by warp factor five, either

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time warp

[1970s+; fr the notion of warp speed, a velocity greater than the speed of light, popularized in science fiction and especially by the TV series Star Trek; it is necessary to imagine such enormous speeds in order to keep fictional cosmic travel more or less in the realm of the humanly compassable]

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