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warp

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

an immaterial thing upon which something else rests
  • an unshakable belief in the essential goodness of humankind is the warp of his philosophy

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warp

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of warp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • the faulty English translation really warps the meaning of the original Russian text

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3 to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition
  • freezing warped the plastic, and now the cover won't fit

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How does the verb warp contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of warp are contort, deform, and distort. While all these words mean "to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting," warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane.

warped floorboards

When could deform be used to replace warp?

The synonyms deform and warp are sometimes interchangeable, but deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth.

a face deformed by hatred

How do distort and contort relate to one another, in the sense of warp?

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

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

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“Warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/warp. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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