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verb (used with object)
to bend or twist out of shape, especially from a straight or flat form, as timbers or flooring.
to bend or turn from the natural or true direction or course.
to distort or cause to distort from the truth, fact, true meaning, etc.; bias; falsify: Prejudice warps the mind.
Aeronautics. to curve or bend (a wing or other airfoil) at the end or ends to promote equilibrium or to secure lateral control.
Nautical. to move (a vessel) into a desired place or position by hauling on a rope that has been fastened to something fixed, as a buoy or anchor.
Agriculture. to fertilize (land) by inundation with water that deposits alluvial matter.
verb (used without object)
to become bent or twisted out of shape, especially out of a straight or flat form: The wood has warped in drying.
to be or become biased; hold or change an opinion due to prejudice, external influence, or the like.
to warp a ship or boat into position.
(of a ship or boat) to move by being warped.
(of a stratum in the earth's crust) to bend slightly, to a degree that no fold or fault results.
a bend, twist, or variation from a straight or flat form in something, as in wood that has dried unevenly.
a mental twist, bias, or quirk, or a biased or twisted attitude or judgment.
the set of yarns placed lengthwise in the loom, crossed by and interlaced with the weft, and forming the lengthwise threads in a woven fabric. See diag. under weave.
a situation, environment, etc., that seems characteristic of another era, especially in being out of touch with contemporary life or attitudes, etc.
Also called spring, spring line. Nautical. a rope for warping or hauling a ship or boat along or into position.
alluvial matter deposited by water, especially water let in to inundate low land so as to enrich it.

before 900; (v.) Middle English werpen, Old English weorpan to throw; cognate with German werfen, Old Norse verpa, Gothic wairpan; (noun) Middle English warpe, Old English wearp; cognate with German Warf, Old Norse varp

warpage, noun
unwarping, adjective

1. turn, contort, distort. 2. swerve, deviate.

1, 7. straighten.
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warp (wɔːp)
1.  to twist or cause to twist out of shape, as from heat, damp, etc
2.  to turn or cause to turn from a true, correct, or proper course
3.  to pervert or be perverted
4.  (tr) to prepare (yarn) as a warp
5.  nautical to move (a vessel) by hauling on a rope fixed to a stationary object ashore or (of a vessel) to be moved thus
6.  (tr) (formerly) to curve or twist (an aircraft wing) in order to assist control in flight
7.  (tr) to flood (land) with water from which alluvial matter is deposited
8.  the state or condition of being twisted out of shape
9.  a twist, distortion, or bias
10.  a mental or moral deviation
11.  the yarns arranged lengthways on a loom, forming the threads through which the weft yarns are woven
12.  the heavy threads used to reinforce the rubber in the casing of a pneumatic tyre
13.  nautical a rope used for warping a vessel
14.  alluvial sediment deposited by water
[Old English wearp a throw; related to Old High German warf, Old Norse varp throw of a dragging net, Old English weorpan to throw]

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Word Origin & History

"to bend, twist, distort," O.E. weorpan "to throw, throw away, hit with a missile," from P.Gmc. *werpanan "to fling by turning the arm" (cf. O.S. werpan, O.N. verpa "to throw," Swed. värpa "to lay eggs," O.Fris. werpa, M.L.G., Du. werpen, Ger. werfen, Goth. wairpan "to throw"), from PIE *werb-
"to turn, bend" (cf. L. verber "whip, rod;" Gk. rhabdos "rod," rhombos "magic wheel"), from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). Connection between "turning" and "throwing" is perhaps in the notion of rotating the arm in the act of throwing; cf. Serbo-Cr. obratiti, O.C.S. vreshti "to throw." The meaning "twist out of shape" is first recorded c.1400; intransitive sense is from 1440.

"threads running lengthwise in a fabric," O.E. wearp-, from P.Gmc. *warpo- (cf. M.L.G. warp, O.H.G. warf "warp," O.N. varp "cast of a net"), from root *werp- (see warp (v.)). The warp of fabric is that across which the woof is "thrown." Applied in 20c. astrophysics to the "fabric"
of space-time, popularized in noun phrase warp speed by 1960s TV series "Star Trek."
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