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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Warp \Warp\, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See Warp, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and crossed by the woof. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. (Agric.) A slimy substance deposited on land by tides, etc., by which a rich alluvial soil is formed. --Lyell. [1913 Webster] 4. A premature casting of young; -- said of cattle, sheep, etc. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 5. Four; esp., four herrings; a cast. See Cast, n., 17. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright. [1913 Webster] 6. [From Warp, v.] The state of being warped or twisted; as, the warp of a board. [1913 Webster] Warp beam, the roller on which the warp is wound in a loom. Warp fabric, fabric produced by warp knitting. Warp frame, or Warp-net 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, or Warp net, lace having a warp crossed by weft threads. [1913 Webster]