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morphing

verb

  1. (change)  to cause to change shape in a computer animation
    Type of: change
  2. (contort)  to change shape as via computer animation
    Type of: contort

Etymology summary

from metamorphosis
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Morphing

a special effect in motion pictures and animations that changes one image into another through a seamless transition. Most often it's used to depict one person turning into another through technological means or as part of a fantasy or surreal sequence... (41 of 972 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Morphing

Morph [disambiguation]

may refer to: Morphs collaboration, a collaboration that studied the evolution of spiral galaxies using the Magellan and the Hubble Space Telescope | Morph (zoology), a visual or behavioral difference between organisms of distinct populations in a... (36 of 220 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Morph

New World Dictionary:

morphing

a special-effects process used in film or video production in which persons or objects seem to change shape, form, etc. in a smoothly continuous ... (24 of 38 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/morphing

morph

[linguistics] "allomorph" (specific sense) | a representation of an occurrence of a morpheme | a sequence of phonemes isolated from surrounding ... (19 of 52 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/morph

Collins Dictionary:

morphing

a computer technique used for graphics and in films, in which one image is gradually transformed into another image without individual changes being ... (23 of 312 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/morphing

morph | -morph | morph. | morphol. | morpho- | before a vowel morph- | morphological [synonym, sense-specific] | morpheme [synonym, sense-specific] | morphology [synonym, sense-specific]

[linguistics] the phonological representation of a morpheme | [biology] any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species | to ... (21 of 438 words, 10 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/morph

American Heritage Dictionary:

morph | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle] | morphs [3rd-person singular present]

An allomorph. | One of various distinct forms of an organism or species. | To transform (an image) by computer | To be transformed (21 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/morph

Macmillan British Dictionary:

morph [intransitive/transitive, computing] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle] | morphs [3rd-person singular present]

to gradually change one image into another using computer technology, or to be changed in this way (17 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/morph

Random House Dictionary:

morphing

the smooth transformation of one image into another by computer, as in a motion picture. (15 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/morphing

morph | morph- | -morph

[linguistics] a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar ... | [biology] an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in ... (24 of 89 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/morph

Wiktionary:

morphing | morphings [plural]

Present participle of morph. | [computing] The smooth transformation of one image into another using digital tweening. (16 of 18 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/morphing

morph | morphs [plural] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle]

[linguistics] A physical form representing some morpheme in language. It's a recurrent distinctive sound or sequence sounds. | [linguistics] An allomorph: one of a set of realizations that a morpheme can have in different contexts. | [biology] Local ... (36 of 96 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/morph

Merriam-Webster:

morphology | morphological [adjective, related] | morphologic [adjective, related] | morphologically [adverb, related] | morphologist [noun, related]

a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plants ; the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts | a study ... (30 of 130 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morphology

morph [entry 1, noun] | allomorph [synonym, sense-specific]

"allomorph" ; a distinctive collocation of phones (as a portmanteau form) ... | a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding ... (22 of 89 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morph

morph [entry 2, verb] | transform [synonym, sense-specific]

to change the form or character of; "transform" | to undergo transformation ; especially, to undergo transformation from an image of one object into ... (23 of 114 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morph show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

morph [entry 1]

change smoothly from one image to another by small gradual steps using computer animation techniques | undergo or cause to undergo a gradual process ... (23 of 82 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/morph

morph [entry 2]

Syllabification: (morph) | [linguistics] : an actual linguistic form | [biology] : each of several variant forms of an animal or plant. (20 of 53 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/morph--2

morph [entry 2, linguistics]

an actual linguistic form | [biology] : each of several variant forms of an animal or plant. (16 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/morph--2

Cambridge Dictionary:

morph

to change one image into another, or combine them, using a computer program (13 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/morph

Encarta Dictionary:

morph [entry 1] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle] | morphs [3rd-person singular present]

to transform one electronic graphic image into another or others, through the use of sophisticated computer software, or be transformed in this way | ... (23 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631256​/definition​.html  [offline]

morph [entry 2] | morphs [plural]

an element of speech or writing that represents and expresses one or more morphemes (14 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631254​/definition​.html  [offline]

morph [entry 3] | morphs [plural]

one of two or more variant forms of an animal or plant (12 of 34 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631255​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

morphing

First use: 20th century

Origin: from metamorphosis

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/morphing

morph | -morph | morph. | morphol. | morpho- | before a vowel morph-

First use: 20th century

Origin: shortened form of morpheme | from Greek morphē shape | from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape | from Greek morphē form, shape

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/morph

New World Dictionary:

morphing

Origin: metamorphosis + -ing

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/morphing

morph

Origin: Greek morphē, form | metamorphosis

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Online Etymology:

morph

First use: about 1987

Origin: as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, short for "metamorphosis".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=morph

American Heritage Dictionary:

morph

Origin: French morphème, blend of Greek morphē, form and French phonème, phoneme; see "phoneme".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/morph

Wiktionary:

morph | morphs [plural] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle]

Origin: Back-formation from morpheme. | Shortening of metamorphose: to change in shape or form.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/morph

Merriam-Webster:

morph [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1947

Origin: back-formation from morpheme

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morph

morph [entry 2, verb]

First use: 1982

Origin: short for metamorphose

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morph show=1

metamorphose | metamorphosed [past tense] | metamorphosing [present participle]

First use: 1576

Origin: probably from Middle French metamorphoser, from metamorphose metamorphosis, from Latin metamorphosis

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/metamorphose

morpheme

First use: 1926

Origin: French morphème, from Greek morphē form

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/morpheme

Oxford Dictionary:

morph [entry 1]

First use: 1990s

Origin: element from "metamorphosis"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/morph

morph [entry 2]

First use: 1940s

Origin: Greek morphē "form"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/morph--2

metamorphosis [zoology] | metamorphoses [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun "transform, change shape"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metamorphosis

Encarta Dictionary:

morph | metamorphoses [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek metamorphōsis from metamorphoun "transform" from morphē "form"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631256​/definition​.html  [offline]

morph [entry 2] | morphs [plural]

First use: Mid-20th century

Origin: Shortening of morpheme

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631254​/definition​.html  [offline]

morph [entry 3] | morphs [plural]

First use: Mid-20th century

Origin: Greek morphē "form"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631255​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

morphing

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "morphing"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/morphing

morph | -morph | morph. | morphol. | morpho- | before a vowel morph-

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "morph"

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the Free Dictionary:

morphing

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "morphing"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "morphing"

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morph

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "morph"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "morph"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "morph" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

morphing

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "morphing" by speech synthesizer

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morph

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "morph" by speech synthesizer

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

morph [intransitive/transitive, computing] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle] | morphs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "morph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/morph

Macmillan American Dictionary:

morph [intransitive/transitive, computing] | morphed [past tense] | morphing [present participle] | morphs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "morph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/morph

Cambridge Dictionary:

morph

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "morph"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "morph"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/morph

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

morph

Audio: North American pronunciation of "morph"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=morph​001 word=morph

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