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warp

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noun \ ˈwȯrp \

Definition of warp

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
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2 :a rope for warping or mooring a ship or boat
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a :a twist or curve that has developed in something originally flat or straight
  • a warp in a door panel
b :a mental aberration

warpage

play \ˈwȯr-pij\ noun

Examples of warp in a Sentence

  1. There's a warp in the floorboards.

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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warp

verb

Definition of warp

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

warper

noun

Examples of warp in a Sentence

  1. The wood was warped by moisture.

  2. The heat caused the wood to warp.

  3. He held prejudices that warped his judgment.

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

WARP Defined for English Language Learners

warp

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noun

Definition of warp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


warp

verb

Definition of warp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WARP Defined for Kids

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warp

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noun \ ˈwȯrp \

Definition of warp for Students

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

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warp

verb

Definition of warp for Students

warped; warping
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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