\ 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 warp (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 Revealed in this warp and weft is the overlap in the behavioral patterns of humans and wolves, as well as the limits of language. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 But in time even simple declarative sentences start to warp. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 Plus, in places with extreme daytime heat, where temperatures can reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius), the warp of fine cotton and silk can break on the loom. Sneha Mehta, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 With a cascade of white and yellow diamonds in an encyclopedic variety of cuts and sizes, these dangling earrings conjure the informal, unpretentious warp and weft that captured the designer’s renegade imagination so many years ago. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During this period, Carlson’s meanness began to warp into cruelty. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 It can also be discolored by sunlight and can warp and buckle in moist areas. Kevin Brasler, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 Perhaps the clearest example of how gerrymandering can warp electoral outcomes is North Carolina’s House results in 2018. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 July 2021 Amtrak slowed trains on its Cascades service, worried the heat would warp the tracks. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 1 July 2021 The softened asphalt also can warp as heavy aircraft land and create ruts. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 It is guaranteed to never warp, crack or fade, thanks to its UV inhibitor and quality construction. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 June 2021 And ableism can warp the instincts and habits of disabled as well as non-disabled people. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 18 June 2021 But biology matters; and here, politics can warp science. John Staddon, National Review, 20 May 2021

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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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“Warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warp. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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
: 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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