warp

noun
\ 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 [warp entry 2]
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

verb
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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Other Words from warp

Noun

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

Verb

warper noun

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Verb

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

Noun There's a warp in the floorboards. an unshakable belief in the essential goodness of humankind is the warp of his philosophy Verb 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 With a cascade of white and yellow diamonds in an encyclopedic variety of cuts and sizes, these dangling earrings conjure the informal, unpretentious warp and weft that captured the designer’s renegade imagination so many years ago. New York Times, "Glittering High Jewelry, Inspired by Tweed," 2 Dec. 2020 Thread count is determined by the number of threads lengthwise (called the warp) and widthwise (the weft) in a one-inch square of fabric. Kelley Carter, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Bedsheets to Enhance Your Sleep and Your Room," 10 June 2020 That's already the case for games like Super Mario 64—since the game's source code was released last September, modders have created new tools that allow for easy world editing, background art, in-level warp zones, and more. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code," 6 May 2020 Conventional rocket engines are too slow to cover these vast distances on human timescales, so White has focused on more exotic solutions like faster-than-light warp drives and quantum vacuum thrusters that get a boost from space-time itself. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA's EmDrive Leader Has a New Interstellar Project," 8 May 2020 While most of us were just awakening to the possible impact of the coronavirus, McKinney Mayor George Fuller was shifting into warp drive. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "McKinney restaurateur mobilizes aid for local farms and others financially impacted by pandemic," 5 May 2020 Its microfiber brush roll gently washes and scrubs, helping dry floors faster than with conventional cleaning methods — for Forté, that’s key, as wood flooring can swell, warp, or risk mold growth if wet for too long. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Carpets, and Wood Floors, and Tile," 12 Feb. 2020 Remember the warp-speed timeline Covid-19 is caused by a virus, SARS-CoV-2, that no one knew about until a few months ago. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How to read coronavirus news like a science writer," 5 Apr. 2020 On the main floor, the dining room is lined in cedar panels, charred in the 18th-century Japanese waterproofing technique known as shou sugi ban, from which beautiful texture and warp also materialize. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Knickknacks and colorblocking: How Bay Area restaurants banish design blandness," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On top of handling product buildup, many formulas help rinse away chlorine from swimming pools and minerals from hard water, which can warp hair color and leave hair feeling dry and brittle if left unattended for too long. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, "10 Clarifying Shampoos That Will Leave Your Hair And Scalp Feeling Super Clean," 1 Mar. 2021 Stone’s psychedelic influences warp his band’s funk sound into something that feels like an acid trip. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 Others fear his broader policy initiatives will warp the mission of the office. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "As George Gascón takes office, campaign promises will be put to the test," 7 Dec. 2020 Located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, The observatory consists of four Unit Telescopes, each having 27-foot mirrors (8.2 meters) that can warp and deform to correct for turbulence caused by Earth’s atmosphere. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "Why Scientists Are Shooting Lasers at This Extremely Badass Nebula," 23 Nov. 2020 Einstein unified the three dimensions of space with the fourth dimension of time, and this spacetime will warp and stretch in the presence of a mass or equivalent distortion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Challenge accepted: Inventing a plausible far-flung future for ST: Discovery S3," 20 Nov. 2020 Putting pans in the dishwasher will accelerate their demise and could warp them. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Equip your kitchen ― Part 3: The care and cleaning of cookware," 30 Oct. 2020 To warp the words of a great American poet, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and a freight train headed our way. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The COVID Roller Coaster Climbs Again," 12 Nov. 2020 Putting pans in the dishwasher will accelerate their demise and could warp them. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Equip your kitchen ― Part 3: The care and cleaning of cookware," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of warp

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for warp

Noun

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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The first known use of warp was before the 12th century

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“Warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warp. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for warp

warp

noun

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

warp

verb

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

warp

noun
\ 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

warp

verb
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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