Meaning of WARP in English


I. ˈwȯ(ə)rp, ˈwȯ(ə)p noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wearp; akin to Old High German warf warp, Old Norse varp throw, cast. verpa to throw, cast — more at warp II



(1) : a series or sheet of parallel yarns or threads set up for textile processing ; specifically : a series of yarns extended lengthwise in a loom thereby forming the lengthwise threads of a woven fabric and usually twisted tighter than the filling yarns and sized for protection during the weaving in of the filling threads

(2) : one of the threads of a warp

(3) : a fabric classified according to its warp rather than its filling

warp -faced

(4) : the cords that form the carcass of a pneumatic tire

b. : the basic foundation or material of a structure or entity

the homemade myth that was the warp of his work — Babette Deutsch

the warp of the economic structure is agriculture — American Guide Series: North Carolina

2. : a rope attached at one end to an anchor, post, or other fixed object and used to haul a ship or boat toward the object

3. dialect Britain : a unit of count for fish or oysters equal to 4 or sometimes 3 or 2

six warp of herring



(1) : sediment deposited by water (as when alluvial soil is formed)

(2) : sediment developed or disturbed in situ by congeliturbation

(3) : a bed or layer of deposited sediment

b. : a slight flexure of strata


[ warp (II) ]


(1) : the state or fact of being out of true in plane or line ; also : an instance of warping (as a twist, bend, or crook) — used especially of improperly seasoned wood

a warp in a door panel

(2) : a variation from a true or plane surface ; especially : one caused by warping of lumber

(3) : the amount a surface warps or an allowance made for warping

the warp of a board

b. : a mental twist or aberration : a perverse or abnormal way of thinking, judging, or acting

the warp of battle might remain in him a long time — Dixon Wecter

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English warpen, from Old English weorpan to throw, cast; akin to Old High German werfan to throw, cast, Old Norse verpa, Gothic wairpan, Greek rhembein to whirl

transitive verb


a. : to turn or twist out of shape

trees warped by the wind

the occasional warping of logic and possibility — D.R.Weimer

especially : to twist or bend out of a flat plane by or as if by contraction, curving, drying, dampness, or heat

the hot sun warped the cabin's walls

b. : to give a mental twist to : make perverse or biased : cause to judge, choose, or act wrongly

their minds are warped with suspicion — T.B.Costain

characters warped in infancy and intelligence stunted at school — Bertrand Russell

a few men at the top, whose thinking is warped by dogma — Elmer Davis

: cause to turn aside from a chosen or correct ethical, religious, or intellectual choice or path : lead astray : pervert

aroused judgment easily becomes warped — Dorothy Sayers

the social lies that warp us from the living truth — Alfred Tennyson

c. : to falsify, misinterpret, or give a false coloring to by wresting or twisting : distort

histories … are too often warped by an unfortunate bias — W.R.Inge

other forms of political activity, which … badly warp the meaning of elections — Elmo Roper & Louis Harris

d. : to deflect from a course : cause to veer

long-term profit trends of the publicly regulated industries are warped from time to time by legislation — Julius Grodinsky

e. : to change the form of (a wing) by twisting especially to provide lateral control

f. : to flex slightly (as by differential vertical movements in the earth's crust)


[Middle English warpen, from warp (I) ]

a. : to wind (yarns) on a warp beam : arrange (yarns) so as to form a warp

b. obsolete : fabricate , devise

c. : weave , interlace


[ warp (I) ]

: to move (as a ship) by hauling on a warp attached to a fixed object (as a buoy or anchor

as each ship was loaded … another vessel would be warped into the vacancy at the dock — L.C.Douglas

with practiced maneuvers the boats were warped alongside — Luis Marden

4. Britain : to cast (young) prematurely — used of a domestic animal


[ warp (I) ]

a. : to let the tide or other water in upon (low-lying land) for fertilizing by a deposit of warp

b. : to fill up (as a channel) with warp : choke

intransitive verb


a. : to become twisted out of shape by or as if by contraction or shrinkage : become twisted or bent out of a flat plane

the lock walls of some early canals … were of wood, and … began to bulge and warp almost as soon as completed — A.F.Harlow


(1) : to become biased : alter a choice, opinion, or liking under influence

he never warped from the path of common sense — Timothy Dwight

(2) : to have a bias or perverse inclination or attraction



(1) of a ship : to become moved by warping

help carriers warp into dock — National Geographic

(2) : to warp a ship : move a ship by a warp

b. : to progress slowly or circuitously or with effort as if being warped

c. archaic : to whirl or glide in the air

a pitchy cloud of locusts, warping on the eastern wind — John Milton

3. : to wind yarn off bobbins for forming the warp : wind a warp on a warp beam

Synonyms: see deform

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