- To warp is to distort something.
- An example ofwarp is when wood is exposed to humidity and becomes cupped and bent out of shape.
- An example ofwarp is when you change or distort the truth, causing a different version of the "truth" to be believed.
- a distortion, as a twist or bend, in wood or in an object made of wood, caused by contraction in drying
- any similar distortion, as in metal
- the state or fact of being so distorted
- a mental twist, quirk, aberration, or bias
- silt, sediment, or mud deposited as by a stream
- a deposit of this
- Naut. a rope or line run from a boat, etc. to a dock, buoy, anchor, etc., and used to warp the vessel into position
- Weaving the set of threads running lengthwise in the loom and crossed by the weft, or woof
- the very fiber or essential part of something; foundation; base
Origin of warpMiddle English ; from Old English wearp ; from base of weorpan, to throw, akin to German werfen ; from Indo-European an unverified form werb- ; from base an unverified form wer-, to turn, bend from source worm
- to bend, curve, or twist out of shape; distort
- to turn from the true, natural, or right course
- to turn from a healthy, sane, or normal condition; pervert; bias: said of the mind, character, judgment, etc.
- to twist or distort in telling; misinterpret: a warped account
- Naut. to move (a boat, etc.) by hauling on a line fastened to a pile, dock, anchor, etc.
- Weaving to arrange (threads or yarns) so as to form a warp
Origin of warpME warpen, to throw, bend < OE weorpan, to throw
- to become bent or twisted out of shape, as wood does in drying
- to turn aside from the true, natural, or right course
- Naut. to move into position by warping or being warped: said as of a boat
verbwarped, warp·ing, warps
- To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape; deform.
- To alter from a normal, proper, or healthy state; twist or pervert: “He was ruthlessly vindictive and allowed personal grudges to warp his political perspective” (Julian E. Zelizer). See Synonyms at distort.
- To arrange strands of yarn or thread lengthwise onto (a loom) in preparation for weaving.
- Nautical To move (a vessel) by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.
- To become bent or twisted out of shape: The wooden frame warped in the humidity.
- To become altered from what is normal, proper, or healthy.
- Nautical To move a vessel by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.
- The state of being twisted or bent out of shape.
- A distortion or twist, especially in a piece of wood.
- A mental or moral twist, aberration, or deviation.
- The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric, crossed at right angles to the woof.
- Warp and woof.
- Nautical A towline used in warping a vessel.
Origin of warpMiddle English werpen, from Old English weorpan, to throw away; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (dialectal) A cast of fish (herring, haddock, etc.); four, as a tale of counting fish.
- (dialectal) The young of an animal when brought forth prematurely; a cast lamb, kid. calf, or foal.
- The sediment which subsides from turbid water; the alluvial deposit of muddy water artificially introduced into low lands in order to enrich or fertilise them.
- (uncountable) The state of being bent or twisted out of shape.
- A cast or twist; a distortion or twist, such as in a piece of wood.
- (weaving) The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric; crossed by the woof or weft.
- (nautical) A line or cable used in warping a ship.
- A theoretical construct that permits travel across a medium without passing through it normally, such as a teleporter or time warp.
From Middle English warp, werp, from Old English wearp, warp (“a warp, threads stretched lengthwise in a loom, twig, osier”), from Proto-Germanic *warpaz (“a warp”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend”). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.
(third-person singular simple present warps, present participle warping, simple past and past participle warped)
- (dialectal) To bring forth (young) prematurely, said of cattle, sheep, horses, etc.
- (dialectal) To cause a person to suddenly come into a particular state; throw.
- (dialectal) (of the wind or sea) To toss or throw around; carry along by natural force.
- (intransitive, dialectal) (of a do) To throw open; open wide.
- To twist or turn something out of shape.
- To deflect something from a true or proper course.
- (intransitive) To become twisted out of shape.
- (intransitive) To go astray or be deflected from a correct course
- To affect something wrongly, unfairly or unfavourably; to bias
- To arrange strands of thread etc so that they run lengthwise in weaving
- (nautical) To move a vessel by hauling on a line or cable that is fastened to an anchor or pier; especially to move a sailing ship through a restricted place such as a harbour
- (intransitive, nautical) (for a ship) To be moved by warping.
- (intransitive) To fly with a bending or waving motion, like a flock of birds or insects.
- (agriculture) To let the tide or other water in upon (low-lying land), for the purpose of fertilization, by a deposit of warp, or slimy substance.
- (ropemaking) To run off the reel into hauls to be tarred, as yarns.
From Middle English werpen, weorpen, worpen, from Old English weorpan (“to throw, cast, cast down, cast away, throw off, throw out, expel, throw upon, throw open, drive away, sprinkle, hit, hand over, lay hands on (a person), cast lots, charge with, accuse of”), from Proto-Germanic *werpaną (“to throw, turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to bend, turn”). Cognate with Scots warp (“to throw, warp”), North Frisian werpen (“to throw”), Dutch werpen (“to throw, cast”), German werfen (“to throw, cast”), Icelandic verpa (“to throw”).