a faster-than-light speed, attained by a spaceship with a propulsion mechanism capable of manipulating space-time; (also, in extended use) an extraordinarily high speed
Often associated with Star Trek.
'Free' speed, with old-fashioned fuel-eating jets which were supposed to be carried as emergency power units only, was forty thousand miles a second at best—warp-speed, depending on the dimension you used, had a top of better than a thousand light-years a minute.
We’re in trouble again. Bad trouble. Letters are skidding in at space-warp speed censoring the daylights out of PLANET for running three Bryan Berry stories at one time. It is hard to see why we should get especial hell for this. Here comes a writer who is well-set in England though new here—here were three gems of high nutritional value—here was a magazine with a staggering I.Q.’d audience—a natural, yes? ]
Kirk Helm, give us warp speed.
Spock Vessel changing course, heading toward us at high warp speed.
Scott I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s operating at warp speed. I’d like a try at that teacher myself.
Alien Space costs $4 and gives each player command of a warp speed starship, equipped with blazers, shields, sensors, main and auxiliary engines, life support systems, etc.
I would feel better if we could head out at warp speed.
‘Engineer,’ Kirk persisted, ‘we need warp speed now!’
The shock waves pulling the Enterprise off her course into a spiral at warp speed.
Going to warp speed on automatic.
‘Two hours minimum, sir, at top warp speed. At our present rate, two days.’ ‘Damn… Maximum warp, then.’
In 1990, the civil libertarians of cyberspace assembled out of nowhere in particular, at warp speed.
Not only has the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation arrived upon us at warp speed with new advances in special effects, but the tree of Trek has grown yet another branch, with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine being readied for its January 1993 premiere.
The stars zipped by at warp speed.
Earth’s forces had warp-speed capability, while the Romulans had to rely on mere impulse engines.
One movie after another hopping on the bloodsoaked bandwagon, studios content to distill remakes at warp speed and writers simply meandering thanks to a dearth of ideas.
OED updated June 2003, with a 1977 earliest cite.
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