\ 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


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

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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 This triangle is painted with two white pigments, titanium and lead, over which vertical lines are drawn with copper and silver, evoking the warp of an unfinished carpet. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Nida Bangash’s exhibition at Talley Dunn Gallery explores the heavy load borne by women of color," 30 Jan. 2020 And the Waterproof Insulated’s warp-stitch pattern is extremely tough, strong, and resistant to stretching and fraying. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves," 14 Jan. 2020 The neighborhood offers plenty of inviting spots to grab a bite or a drink, such as the classic Café Paraíso, a time-warp eatery retaining the humble vibe of mid-century days. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Tomar: The quiet, historic Portuguese town the tourists haven't discovered yet," 24 Nov. 2019 The drivetrain sound is related to what the mechanical components do, not pure fiction, so don’t expect any silly warp-drive effects. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Mustang Mach-E: Fast, nimble, smooth. Is this the electric vehicle America’s waited for?," 18 Nov. 2019 Thus, warp drive is tremendously important to humanity's evolution. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Warp Drive Is Theoretically Possible," 26 Sep. 2019 In 1915, Albert Einstein discovered that concentrations of matter or energy warp the fabric of space-time, causing gravity. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 The systematic warp and weft of the loom, after all, was the template for the first computer. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "For these 20 women artists, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Dyketactics’ are just the beginning," 16 Aug. 2019 And yet the fantasies that Gottlieb’s work indulged are part of the woof and warp of the James Bond novels, a good index of the period’s inner life. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And so a six-play possession that started with a bit of unease warped into a touchdown drive to put L.S.U. in front. New York Times, "L.S.U.’s offense has come to life.," 13 Jan. 2020 Their campaigns promise sweeping economic changes to benefit an American middle class increasingly beleaguered by languishing incomes, mounting debt and systemic inequalities that seem forever warped in favor of the rich. Time, "The Real 2020 Battle Lines: 'Hope' Versus 'Change'," 4 Dec. 2019 Far From Home, in which the public's perception of Spider-Man was warped by a video message from Jake Gyllenhaal's tech-savvy villain Mysterio. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "With ‘Joker’ Laughing It Up at the Oscars, Sony Teases Jared Leto’s Next Move as Vampire ‘Morbius’," 13 Jan. 2020 What’s fascinating is the way the sci-fi novelty of Autopilot — combined with the deep familiarity of old-fashioned driving — manages to warp our danger-detecting radar. Peter C. Baker, New York Times, "‘I Think This Guy Is, Like, Passed Out in His Tesla’," 27 Nov. 2019 One problem is that the curing process releases heat, which can cause printed parts to warp and crack. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Fast new 3D printing method creates objects as big as an adult human," 17 Oct. 2019 Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump goes soft on terrorism," 6 Aug. 2019 Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul. Tessa Berenson, Time, "President Trump Calls for Crackdown on Violent Video Games, Mental Health Reforms After Shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 According to their theory, if something falls into a black hole, it can both get warped in the singularity (where space and time get wonky) and stay inside the event horizon as radiation. Maria Paula Rubiano, Popular Science, "What would happen if you fell into a black hole?," 2 Jan. 2020

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

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warp. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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