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1 a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting [syn: deflection]
2 a shape distorted by twisting or folding [syn: buckle]
3 a moral or mental distortion [syn: warping]
4 yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof


1 make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story [syn: falsify, distort, garble]
2 bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; "The highway buckled during the heatwave" [syn: heave, buckle]

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Etymology 1

Old English wearp


  1. The state of being bent or twisted out of shape.
  2. A distortion or twist, such as in a piece of wood.
  3. The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric; crossed by the woof.
  4. A line or cable used in warping a ship.

Etymology 2

Old English weorpan


  1. To twist or turn something out of shape
  2. To deflect something from a true or proper course
  3. To affect something wrongly, unfairly or unfavourably; to bias
  4. To arrange strands of thread etc so that they run lengthwise in weaving
  5. 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
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles around the corner of the island...
  6. To become twisted out of shape
  7. To go astray or be deflected from a correct course
  8. intransitive nautical (for a ship) to be moved by warping
to move a vessel

Extensive Definition

Warp is a verb and noun pertaining to distortion and twisting, and to lines and ropes used in the contexts below.
Warp may refer to:

Ships and aircraft

  • Wing warping, a manner of controlling the roll of an aeroplane
  • Warp drive, the faster-than-light movement in science fiction, as used in Star Trek.
  • Warping (sailing), a slow method of moving a boat in still waters or against the wind



Books and comics



  • Warp (weaving) the set of lengthwise threads attached to a loom
  • Image warping, the process of distorting an image digitally
  • Revealed preference, from the acronym for Weak Axiom of Revealed Preferences
  • Warp, a brand of energy mints
  • WARP, USAID's West African Regional Program
warp in German: Warp
warp in French: Warp
warp in Italian: Warp
warp in Japanese: ワープ (曖昧さ回避)
warp in Polish: Warp
warp in Russian: Warp
warp in Finnish: Warp

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