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Definition of "warp" [warp]

  • To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape. (verb-transitive)
  • To turn from a correct or proper course; deflect. (verb-transitive)
  • To affect unfavorably, unfairly, or wrongly; bias. See Synonyms at bias. (verb-transitive)
  • To arrange (strands of yarn or thread) so that they run lengthwise in weaving. (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To move (a vessel) by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "warp" in a sentence
  • "They are then called upon to "weave the warp, and weave the woof," perhaps, with no great propriety; for it is by crossing the _woof_ with the _warp_ that men _weave_ the _web_ or piece; and the first line was dearly bought by the admission of its wretched correspondent, "give ample room and verge enough [198].""
  • "II. vii.187 (275,6) [Tho 'thou the waters warp] To _warp_ was probably, in Shakespeare's time, a colloquial word, which conveyed no distant allusion to any thing else, physical or medicinal."
  • "'are called upon to "Weave the warp, and weave the woof," perhaps with no great propriety; for it is by crossing the _woof_ with the _warp_ that men weave the _web_ or piece; and the first line was dearly bought by the admission of its wretched correspondent, "Give ample room and verge enough.""