Full record for warp speed n.

Definition a (hypothetical) 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.
OED requirements antedating 1977
Earliest cite 1977 S. Marshak and M. Culbreath 'The Price of the Phoenix'
Comment David Summers submitted a 1979 cite from Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" novelization.

OED updated June 2003, with a 1977 earliest cite.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for warp speed n.

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1977 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Price of Phoenix (1985) xxi. 136, I would feel better if we could head out at warp speed.
1979 G. Roddenberry Star Trek: Motion Picture—Novel 101 ‘Engineer,’ Kirk persisted, ‘we need warp speed now!’
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i.12 The shock waves pulling the Enterprise off her course into a spiral at warp speed.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! iv. 49 Going to warp speed on automatic.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor i. 14 ‘Two hours minimum, sir, at top warp speed. At our present rate, two days.’‘Damn‥. Maximum warp, then.’
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor Prologue 12 My readings indicate loss of warp-speed capability, power output in their engineering section down by fifty percent.
1992 B. Sterling Hacker Crackdown 232 In 1990, the civil libertarians of cyberspace assembled out of nowhere in particular, at warp speed.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 20/2 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.
1995 D. M. Flinn Fearful Summons 90 And then there's warp speed.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 8 She had flown missions without backup in the past, but she had always known that within a few days at warp speed, she could be at a Federation station or nearly a friendly planet.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity ii. 18 The stars zipped by at warp speed.
1998 C. Pellegrino Afterword in C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek: Next Generation: Dyson Sphere (1999) 207 We have seen no hints of a universe that will allow anything so large as a molecule of water to achieve lightspeed (the real-life equivalent of warp speed, at which light itself becomes ageless).
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 20 At one-third warp speed, nearly a quarter of the neutron star's mass would be converted into energy.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper i. v. 61 Earth's forces had warp-speed capability, while the Romulans had to rely on mere impulse engines.