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.
- warner, glenn scobey,
- warning coloration,
- warning track,
- warp and woof,
- warp beam,
- warp ikat,
- warp knit,
- warp knitting
Origin of warp
Examples from the Web for warp
But the thugs are numerous enough to be part of the warp and woof of the community.
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?|Myra Adams|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Simon Pegg|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
How to get Fitzgerald house trained before the floorboards begin to warp?
But the warp and woof of the business changed hardly at all, nor should it have.
The threads of the warp extend in parallel order from the warp-beam to the front of the loom, and are attached to the cloth-roll.Textiles|William H. Dooley
If you cannot possibly tackle hand-spun yarn for warp, you must use Indian mill-spun yarn for it and use hand-spun for woof.The Wheel of Fortune|Mahatma Gandhi
Attacking the brain, they warp the judgment, and weaken the power of restraint.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
When a row is finished it is pressed tightly to the rest of the web by means of a comb inserted into the warp.Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia|M. E. Hume-Griffith
The gosha-gr is an implement for remedying the warp of a bow-tip and string-notch.The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
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