- 1Make or become bent or twisted out of shape, typically as a result of the effects of heat or damp: [with object]: moisture had warped the box [no object]: wood has a tendency to warpMore example sentences
- The bag was beginning to lose its resistance, and so the box was a little warped where the damp had seeped through.
- Celluloid had some of the same disadvantages of tortoise shell: it had to be shaped by hand; it could be warped in heat, and so on.
- When it touched the feet of any demon, its body began to warp, twist into odd shapes, and then after a few moments it exploded, sending bloody chunks of flesh in all directions.
- 1.1 [with object] Make abnormal or strange; distort: your judgement has been warped by your obvious dislike of him (as adjective warped) a warped sense of humourMore example sentences
- It seems they have a strangely warped sense of what they think is funny as well.
- Well, you know, John has a very warped sense of humor, and we're old buddies.
- Something amusing I thought of this morning though - I dare say other people have the same warped sense of humour I do and thought of it as well.
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- 1A twist or distortion in the shape of something: the head of the racket had a curious warpMore example sentences
- Everybody sees through their warp, through their bias, through their pretensions, through their needs all of that.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Relating to or denoting (fictional or hypothetical) space travel by means of distorting space-time: warp speedMore example sentences
- Its benefits included intergalactic space travel at warp speed.
- My nan had one of those salad spinners, which sent leaves hurtling through space at warp speed and produced enough water to irrigate a smallholding.
- Those are in normal space not warp space engines.
- 2 [in singular] (In weaving) the threads on a loom over and under which other threads (the weft) are passed to make cloth: the warp and weft are the basic constituents of all textiles • figurative rugby is woven into the warp and weft of South African societyMore example sentences
- It would be a cunning weave - the warp and the weft so utterly tangled that the thugs set loose on the streets would flail themselves.
- Such is his passion for the warp and weft, weave and print, and all things textile, that designer Mukesh is a veritable encyclopaedia of the rich and varied textile traditions of India.
- The jali normally worked by tearing apart the warp and weft threads of the cloth and by preparing minute button hole stitches.
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- A low moisture content translates into a material that is very stable after installation - no warpage or excessive movement - and one that promotes excellent paint adhesion.
- This warpage can be removed by gentle heating (usually with steam from a kettle or similar) and carefully bent back to straightness.
- Although the wood is sealed, water or even excessive dampness may cause warpage or discoloration of the slats.
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- June's friend retired from Harris Plant as a cloth warper.
- Mr Clark, now 73, worked as a plumber and Mrs Clark, 69, as a warper at a textiles firm.
- Ellen Conroy (probably their daughter) - a silk warper who died at the age of 35 in 1863.
Old English weorpan (verb), wearp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch werpen and German werfen 'to throw'. Early verb senses included 'throw' and 'hit with a missile'; the sense 'bend' dates from late Middle English. The noun was originally a term in weaving (see sense 2 of the noun).