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 warpingcorrupt, pervert, swerve, debase, deform, torture, crook, color, debauch, bastardize, curve, contort, twist, turn, vitiate, brutalize, deprave, misrepresent, deviate, wind
Examples from the Web for warping
Historical Examples of warping
There was a tremendous thump and the warping of the very universe about them all.Wanderer of Infinity
These extra pieces are a help to stiffen the top and to keep it from warping.Handwork in Wood
They are inconvenient for warping, and generally fitted with rollers.
A block made of ash or elm, used in rope-making for warping off yarn.
Warping or dragging them into shallow water had now to be commenced.Michael Penguyne
William H. G. Kingston
Word Origin for warp
"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."
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with warp
- warp and woof
- time warp