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

v bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

buckle, heave
rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

distort, falsify, garble
mangle, murder, mutilate
alter so as to make unrecognizable
Type of:
belie, misrepresent
represent falsely

n a shape distorted by twisting or folding

Type of:
distorted shape, distortion
a shape resulting from distortion

n yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof

Type of:
thread, yarn
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

n a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting

Type of:
aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, deviance
a state or condition markedly different from the norm

n a moral or mental distortion

Type of:
deformation, distortion
a change for the worse

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