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.
from Star Trek
usu. Used with number
A very large factor of multiplication; a high exponent: We feel it won't increase by warp factor five, either
[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]