Warp

Definition of Warp

Pronunciation: wạrp
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Warped (wạrpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Warping.]
1.To throw; hence, to send forth, or throw out, as words; to utter.
2.To turn or twist out of shape; esp., to twist or bend out of a flat plane by contraction or otherwise.
The planks looked warped.
- Coleridge.
Walter warped his mouth at this
To something so mock solemn, that I laughed.
- Tennyson.
3.To turn aside from the true direction; to cause to bend or incline; to pervert.
This first avowed, nor folly warped my mind.
- Dryden.
I have no private considerations to warp me in this controversy.
- Addison.
We are divested of all those passions which cloud the intellects, and warp the understandings, of men.
- Southey.
4.To weave; to fabricate.
While doth he mischief warp.
- Sternhold.
5.(Naut.) To tow or move, as a vessel, with a line, or warp, attached to a buoy, anchor, or other fixed object.
6.To cast prematurely, as young; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
7.(Agric.) To let the tide or other water in upon (lowlying land), for the purpose of fertilization, by a deposit of warp, or slimy substance.
8.(Rope Making) To run off the reel into hauls to be tarred, as yarns.
9.(Weaving) To arrange (yarns) on a warp beam.
10.(Aëronautics) To twist the end surfaces of (an aërocurve in an airfoil) in order to restore or maintain equilibrium.
Warped surface
(Geom.) a surface generated by a straight line moving so that no two of its consecutive positions shall be in the same plane.
- Davies & Peck.
v. i.1.To turn, twist, or be twisted out of shape; esp., to be twisted or bent out of a flat plane; as, a board warps in seasoning or shrinking.
One of you will prove a shrunk panel, and, like green timber, warp, warp.
- Shak.
They clamp one piece of wood to the end of another, to keep it from casting, or warping.
- Moxon.
2.to turn or incline from a straight, true, or proper course; to deviate; to swerve.
There is our commission,
From which we would not have you warp.
- Shak.
3.To fly with a bending or waving motion; to turn and wave, like a flock of birds or insects.
A pitchy cloud
Of locusts, warping on the eastern wind.
- Milton.
4.To cast the young prematurely; to slink; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
5.(Weaving) To wind yarn off bobbins for forming the warp of a web; to wind a warp on a warp beam.
n.1.
1.(Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and crossed by the woof.
2.(Naut.) A rope used in hauling or moving a vessel, usually with one end attached to an anchor, a post, or other fixed object; a towing line; a warping hawser.
3.(Agric.) A slimy substance deposited on land by tides, etc., by which a rich alluvial soil is formed.
4.A premature casting of young; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
5.Four; esp., four herrings; a cast. See Cast, n., 17.
6.The state of being warped or twisted; as, the warp of a board.
Warp beam
the roller on which the warp is wound in a loom.
Warp fabric
fabric produced by warp knitting.
Warp frame
a machine for making warp lace having a number of needles and employing a thread for each needle.
Warp knitting
a kind of knitting in which a number of threads are interchained each with one or more contiguous threads on either side; - also called warp weaving.
Warp lace
lace having a warp crossed by weft threads.

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