warp speedwarp speed
Slang a very high rate of speed; extremely fast pace
Origin of warp speedterm used in science fiction, especially in the Star Trek television series, for a speed greater than the speed of light from (time) warp + speed
An extremely rapid speed or state of activity: “A young pronghorn antelope teased a yearling wolf, shifting into warp speed and leaving the wolf in the dust when it tried to pursue” ( William K. Stevens )
Origin of warp speedFrom warp speed speed used for interstellar travel in the science fiction television series Star Trek , referring to the use of time or space warps
(plural warp speeds)
- (science fiction) A hypothetical, extremely rapid, speed, resulting from entering a separate dimension, termed hyperspace; much faster than the speed of light.
- The ship was accelerating to warp speed, when one of the engines failed.
- (by extension, informal) Any very fast speed.
- Wow, you can cycle at warp speed!