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!