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 warpage (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 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 Even some of the most expensive hard swimbaits will blow out on a warp-speed retrieve, but Bucca’s jointed Bull Shad (available in sizes as small as 3 inches and up to 9 inches) is made to swim true at any speed. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, "The 5 Best Swimbaits for Catching Big Spring Largemouth Bass," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If enacted, the measures these Democrats propose would warp our constitutional system. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What’s at Stake in 2020," 26 Sep. 2020 Piping hot liquid tends to warp the sugarcane container. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "All my takeout has delivered a mountain of trash. So I asked experts how to minimize it.," 14 Sep. 2020 The New York Times interviewed four current and former federal health officials on Saturday with direct knowledge of efforts to warp the weekly reports. Noah Weiland, Star Tribune, "Political appointees meddled in CDC virus reports," 12 Sep. 2020 Just as a bowling ball placed on a trampoline will warp and stretch the fabric, matter distorts the geometry of the space-time around it. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Dark matter warps galaxy clusters more than expected, shaking up cosmic theory," 10 Sep. 2020 In one phase, the material can warp and stay warped. Quanta Magazine, "The Shape-Shifting Squeeze Coolers," 24 Aug. 2020 As for the actions themselves, each is at least arguably legal, but two of them warp the powers that Congress has given to the president. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The Fight over COVID Relief Reveals the Brokenness of Our Political System," 14 Aug. 2020 Yet some also punish women who appear angry or aggressive; fail to understand how trauma can warp emotions and personal demeanor; and rely on forensic assessments that some experts consider misinformed at best and unethical at worst. Kathryn Joyce, Longreads, "She Said Her Husband Hit Her. She Lost Custody of Their Kids," 10 Aug. 2020 Our longing for certainty can warp our interest in logic, but most of us struggle to square conflicting evidence or make sense of our own experiences. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "8 Longreads by Will Storr on the Science of Storytelling," 10 Aug. 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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Cite this Entry

“Warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warp. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for warp

warp

noun
How to pronounce warp (audio)

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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