\ ˈwȯrp How to pronounce warp (audio) \

Definition of warp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a series of yarns extended lengthwise in a loom and crossed by the weft
b : foundation, base the warp of the economic structure is agricultureAmer. Guide Series: N.C.
2 : a rope for warping or mooring a ship or boat

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


warped; warping; warps

Definition of warp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to arrange (yarns) so as to form a warp
2a : 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
3 : to move (something, such as a ship) by hauling on a line attached to a fixed object

intransitive verb

1 : to become warped
2 : to move a ship by warping

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warpage \ ˈwȯr-​pij How to pronounce warpage (audio) \ noun


warper noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of warp in a Sentence


There's a warp in the floorboards. an unshakable belief in the essential goodness of humankind is the warp of his philosophy


The wood was warped by moisture. The heat caused the wood to warp. He held prejudices that warped his judgment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The best way to think about truth is not in the abstract but in media res, as it is found in the warp and weft of human life. Julian Baggini, WSJ, "‘On Truth’ Review: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt," 24 July 2018 To make things even more confusing, a 200-year-old SOS signal means this civilization comes from a time when humanity was pre-warp? Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 Thread count is determined by the number of threads lengthwise (called the warp) and widthwise (called the weft) in a 1-inch square of fabric. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Best to remain narcotized and between the Zen warp and weft of high thread-count sheets. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems," 2 July 2018 Our bionic descendants might be smart enough to invent warp-drive spaceships and time machines, Mr. Rees suggests. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 Imagine walking to Worf’s tactical station on the Bridge, pressing buttons on his control panel and firing torpedoes or sitting in Data’s chair at the helm console and taking the ship into warp! Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Amazing NCC-1701-D simulator issues final command: “all stop”," 28 Sep. 2018 This city is changing at warp velocity not approached since the Gold Rush. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Why aren’t we asking if Seattle has gotten better, not worse?," 3 Sep. 2018 For the Stepanyan sisters, who are participants at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer, once each row is completed, individual strands of thread will be knotted around pairs of warp threads, varying the colors to make intricate patterns. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By 2025, the probe will come within 4 million miles of the solar surface, traveling at a mind-warping 430,000 mph. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 The system can then measure the atmospheric interference and use actuators to warp a thin, flexible secondary mirror up to one thousand times per second to correct for the blurred light. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "New Technology Allows Ground Telescope to Take Sharper Images Than Hubble," 18 July 2018 Leading up to that point, scenes and images regularly warp as Cora struggles to remember exactly what would drive her to murder. Karen Han, Vox, "The Sinner is the rare murder mystery that doesn’t care whodunnit. Instead, it asks, “Why?”," 31 July 2018 And for decades, that beauty standard has been warped and objectified by commercial forces outside of the home. Christine Michel Carter, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Challenges of Raising a Black Girl to Feel Beautiful," 18 Oct. 2018 Our romantic perspective may be warped by way of Venus’s backward spin, so past lovers will be resurfacing, some with a vengeance. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Memories can be warped by leading questions from therapists, lawyers, journalists or others. Richard B. Mckenzie, WSJ, "A Stumble Down Memory Lane," 24 Sep. 2018 The rings' gravitational interactions with one another could model how the disk would warp and change. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "Massive Space Structures Have Surprising Connection to Quantum Mechanics Math," 5 Mar. 2018 Gerrymandering has warped the translation of voter preferences into political outcomes, and the ease and efficiency of the American voting process has also declined. Sheri Berman, Washington Post, "Populists have one big thing right: Democracies are becoming less open," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of warp


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for warp


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

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English Language Learners Definition of warp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a twist or curve in something that is usually flat or straight
technical : the threads that run up and down on a loom or in a woven fabric



English Language Learners Definition of warp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to twist or bend (something) into a different shape
disapproving : to cause (a person's opinions, thoughts, etc.) to be changed in a way that is wrong or unnatural


\ ˈwȯrp How to pronounce warp (audio) \

Kids Definition of warp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the threads that go lengthwise in a loom and are crossed by the woof
2 : a twist or curve that has developed in something once flat or straight


warped; warping

Kids Definition of warp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to curve or twist out of shape Dampness caused the book to warp.
2 : to cause to judge, choose, or act wrongly Their thinking is warped by greed.

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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