verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to warp a ship or boat into position.
- (of a ship or boat) to move by being warped.
Origin of warp
Synonyms for warp
Antonyms for warp
Related Words for warpcorrupt, pervert, swerve, debase, deform, torture, crook, color, debauch, bastardize, curve, contort, twist, turn, vitiate, brutalize, deprave, misrepresent, deviate, wind
Examples from the Web for warp
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of warp
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
Word Origin 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."
In addition to the idiom beginning with warp
- warp and woof
- time warp