A Word A Day : Warp

Thursday, 1st November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb & Noun )

Pronunciation : wawrp

( Verb )
( past and past participle : warped, present participle : warping, 3rd person present singular : warps )

1. To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape

2. To turn from a correct or proper course

3. To affect unfavorably, unfairly, or wrongly

4. To arrange (strands of yarn or thread) so that they run lengthwise in weaving

5. Nautical : To move (a vessel) by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier

( Noun )

1. The state of being twisted or bent out of shape

2. A distortion or twist, especially in a piece of wood

3. A mental or moral twist, aberration, or deviation

4. The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric, crossed at right angles to the woof

5. Nautical : A towline used in warping a vessel


Middle English werpen, from Old English weorpan, to throw away


Twist, Bend, Distortion, Deviation, Change, Alteration


Strighten, Clean, Help

Contextual Examples:

• He has also neglected in that treatise to point out how the governors are to be distinguished from the governed; for he says, that as of one sort of wool the warp ought to be made, and of another the woof, so ought some to govern, and others to be governed.

Related Words :

1. Warper: Noun

2. Warpage: Noun

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