warp

[wawrp]
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Origin of warp

before 900; (v.) Middle English werpen, Old English weorpan to throw; cognate with German werfen, Old Norse verpa, Gothic wairpan; (noun) Middle English warpe, Old English wearp; cognate with German Warf, Old Norse varp
Related formswarp·age, nounun·warp·ing, adjective

Synonyms for warp

Antonyms for warp

1, 7. straighten.
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British Dictionary definitions for warpage

warp

verb

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

noun

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
Derived Formswarpage, nounwarped, adjectivewarper, noun

Word Origin for warp

Old English wearp a throw; related to Old High German warf, Old Norse varp throw of a dragging net, Old English weorpan to throw
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Word Origin and History for warpage

warp

n.

"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."

warp

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with warpage

warp

In addition to the idiom beginning with warp

  • warp and woof

also see:

  • time warp
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