Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An extremely rapid speed or state of activity: "A young pronghorn antelope teased a yearling wolf, shifting into warp speed and leaving the wolf in the dust when it tried to pursue” ( William K. Stevens).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hypothetical, extremely rapid, speed, resulting from entering a separate dimension, termed hyperspace; much faster than the speed of light.
  • n. Any very fast speed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • literally, a speed faster than the speed of light; fig., an extremely high speed, usually the fastest possible; -- used only in the figurative sense except in fiction.

Etymologies

From warp speed, speed used for interstellar travel in the science fiction television series Star Trek, referring to the use of time or space warps.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • As if in salute, it tilted a gull-like wing at them for a moment, then achieved warp speed with a flash of light, and was gone.

    Sanctuary

  • “First of all, the Phoenix would have to go back at least a thousand years, to be sure that no early Bajoran space travelers or astronomers detected the ship arriving at warp speed or orbiting the planet for the three weeks it will take for the deployment of the deep-time charges.”

    MILLENNIUM

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