\ 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

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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


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 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 Oregon played for the national championship and was all the rage with Chip Kelly’s warp-speed offense. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 media strategy: Larry Scott envisions a jackpot, but obstacles loom (in our opinion)," 26 Aug. 2019 Also, the absorbent bamboo material can soften, warp, and crack if left soaking in liquid. 5. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Plastic straws are trash. Are there alternatives that don't suck?," 16 Aug. 2019 Be sure to check out Roberts Creek, a time-warp remnant of the 1960s with funky organic cafés, bookstores, and crystal and pottery shops. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019 Institutions — even the best and most humane — by their nature warp the attachments children long for, the visceral and concentrated exchange of love, tough and otherwise, that comforts, supports and shapes a child’s heart and mind. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "A Troubling Prognosis for Migrant Children in Detention: ‘The Earlier They’re Out, the Better’," 18 June 2018 More Theory Time: These angels are liiiiikely Iconians (which astute Star Trek fans have already observed), an ancient race that ruled the galaxy thousands of years before humans became warp capable. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 In 1915, Albert Einstein discovered that concentrations of matter or energy warp the fabric of space-time, causing gravity. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Standing there as a 15-year-old, in a secondhand black dress with white polka dots, warped the trajectory of Meyer’s life. NBC News, "She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.," 12 Aug. 2019 The map revealed that the Milky Way is being warped by its stars at distances more than 25,000 light-years from its center. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New map of the Milky Way provides more evidence that it's warped and twisted," 2 Aug. 2019 Once their positions were plotted, the team could see the shape of the galactic disk — the stars radiating out from the galactic center in distinct spiral bands — and find how much it was warped by various factors. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "New Map Simulates 220 Million Years of Star Formation," 1 Aug. 2019 Massive objects, like stars and black holes, warp this fabric to stretch distances and slow time, pulling surrounding objects toward them. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "A Star Orbiting in the Extreme Gravity of a Black Hole Validates General Relativity," 25 July 2019 The gerrymandering decision was momentous, definitively closing the door on judicial challenges to voting maps warped by politics. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme court leaves citizenship question on census in doubt," 27 June 2019 Make no mistake: there are always pitfalls with this type of early stardom, nowadays expressed in retweets and likes and free gear and not-as-free gear that can warp the mind of anyone at any age in any walk of life. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "High School Basketball Phenom Emoni Bates Already Has the NBA Buzzing," 12 Aug. 2019 But Kokichi Sugihara is a virtuoso of the field, creating incredible illusions and sculptures that will warp your brain. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Meet the Humble CEO Who Wants to Build the Biggest Cybersecurity Company Ever—Data Sheet," 6 Aug. 2019 Astronomers have used stars called Cepheids to create a 3D model of the Milky Way and understand the forces that are warping and twisting its structure. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New map of the Milky Way provides more evidence that it's warped and twisted," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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