To warp is to bend, twist, or otherwise become misshapen. Wooden furniture left outside in the rain will often warp from the moisture.

Getting wet makes some things warp, while plastic has a tendency to warp in the hot sun. Sometimes people use the word colloquially to mean "have a bad or distorting influence on," as when a politician insists that video games warp kids' minds. In weaving, the warp is all of the threads running one direction — the ones that are woven over and under the warp are called the weft.

Definitions of warp
  1. verb
    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
    synonyms: buckle, heave
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    rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
    type of:
    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  2. verb
    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
    synonyms: distort, falsify, garble
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    mangle, murder, mutilate
    alter so as to make unrecognizable
    type of:
    belie, misrepresent
    represent falsely
  3. verb
    cause to become abnormal, unhealthy, or improper
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. noun
    a shape distorted by twisting or folding
    synonyms: buckle
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    type of:
    distorted shape, distortion
    a shape resulting from distortion
  5. noun
    yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
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    type of:
    thread, yarn
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
  6. noun
    a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
    synonyms: deflection
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    type of:
    aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, deviance
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  7. noun
    a moral or mental distortion
    synonyms: warping
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    type of:
    deformation, distortion
    a change for the worse
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