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noun \ˈwȯrp\

Simple Definition of warp

  • : a twist or curve in something that is usually flat or straight

  • : the threads that run up and down on a loom or in a woven fabric

Full Definition of warp

  1. 1 a :  a series of yarns extended lengthwise in a loom and crossed by the weft b :  foundation, base <the warp of the economic structure is agriculture — American Guide Series: North Carolina>

  2. 2 :  a rope for warping or mooring a ship or boat

  3. 3 [2warp] a :  a twist or curve that has developed in something originally flat or straight <a warp in a door panel> b :  a mental aberration

warp·age play \ˈwȯr-pij\ noun

Examples of warp

  1. There's a warp in the floorboards.

  2. <an unshakable belief in the essential goodness of humankind is the warp of his philosophy>

Origin of warp

Middle English, from Old English wearp; akin to Old High German warf warp, Old English weorpan to throw, Old Norse verpa

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Simple Definition of warp

  • : to twist or bend (something) into a different shape

  • : to cause (a person's opinions, thoughts, etc.) to be changed in a way that is wrong or unnatural

Full Definition of warp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrange (yarns) so as to form a warp

  3. 2 a :  to turn or twist out of or as if out of shape; especially :  to twist or bend out of a plane b :  to cause to judge, choose, or act wrongly or abnormally :  pervert c :  distort <intellect and learning…warped by prejudices — Irving Wallace> <warps space and time> d :  to deflect from a course

  4. 3 :  to move (as a ship) by hauling on a line attached to a fixed object

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become warped

  7. 2 :  to move a ship by warping

warp·er noun

Examples of warp

  1. The wood was warped by moisture.

  2. The heat caused the wood to warp.

  3. He held prejudices that warped his judgment.

14th Century

First Known Use of warp

14th century

Synonym Discussion of warp

deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth <a face deformed by hatred>. distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural or normal, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result <the odd camera angle distorts the figure> <disease had contorted her body>. warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane <warped floorboards>.

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February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

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