= space warp n.; travel by means of a space warp, travel at warp speed; (also) = time warp n.
Jenkins had evidently fallen into a warp in space. The Vanishing Wood was a pucker—a fault, we might say, borrowing a geologic term—in the curvature of space. Through this warp he had been thrown clear out of our three dimensions into a fourth dimension. There he slid in time over the other side of the ridge or pucker, into the same spot in the three-dimensional world, but into a different era in time. Notice that he had not traveled an inch in space; all his journeying had been purely in time.]
In 20,000 A.D.! in Wonder Stories Sept. 314/1 (footnote)
Every atom of ship load and crew was deflected infinitesimally from the space-time continuum of four dimensions, and thus freed of the ordinary limitations of acceleration and velocity, was driven around space, rather than through it, by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.
Cometeers in Astounding Stories May 22/2
1941 Cosmic Stories May
‘Oh, he'll be back, I expect, as soon as I release the warp. He’s probably wandering around in some impossible world or other’.
Halfway between Earth and Venus there was a sudden shimmer as the Vegan ship slipped out of warp into normal space.
Invasion Report in Galaxy Science Fiction Aug. 80/2
The Enterprise had difficulty in closing with her even at warp eight, two factors above minimum safe speed.
Arena in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 2
Originally the Enterprise was said to be powered by something loosely called a ‘space warp’. As episode after episode went into production, it became increasingly obvious that this point would have to be tied down.
in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. 192
A peculiar physical warp, Captain, in which none of our established physical laws seem to apply with regularity.
Star Trek 10 13
‘A warp,’ Nita whispered. ‘A tunnel through spacetime. Are you a white hole?’
So you want to be Wizard? 47
She came out of warp and coasted down into 285’s feeble little gravity well, settling into a long elliptical orbit around the star.
My Enemy, my Ally iv. 45
The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
Death of Sleep (1992) 300
It was just the larger scout ship going into warp.
Mind Meld iv. 68
No dust particles glowed and scratched warp trails on the bridgescreen.
Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 9
‘Wait, how the hell did you get here so fast?’ ‘Translight, sir. It’s a relativistic warp effect, been working on it for decades.’
Man Who Sold the Stars in Hieroglyph (2014) 347
Jack Williamson, in Astounding Stories
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Greg Benford.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1930 cite from Nat Schachner and A. L. Zagat in reference to a time warp.
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