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.


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)


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