Definition of warp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//wɔːp//
; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrp//
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the warp [singular] (specialist) the threads on a loom (= a machine used for making cloth) that other threads are passed over and under in order to make cloth compare weft see also time warp Word OriginOld 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.
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