- a drawing presenting a distorted image that appears in natural form under certain conditions, as when viewed at a raking angle or reflected from a curved mirror.
- the method of producing such a drawing.
- Zoology, Entomology. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
- (in certain arthropods) metamorphosis in which body parts or segments are added to those already present.
Origin of anamorphosis
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Examples from the Web for anamorphosis
The sun was setting, and its slanting rays caused the shadow to assume the appearance of an anamorphosis of ludicrous proportions.The Ape, the Idiot & Other People
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On this disc is fixed the picture from which it is desired to make an anamorphosis.
The curious fish-like object is simply the anamorphosis—the distorted projection—of a human skull.
The second kind of anamorphosis is produced by the distortion of the picture in the sense of one of its dimensions.
The apparatus invented by M. Linde for producing the anamorphosis is shown in Figs. 10 and 11.
- an image or drawing distorted in such a way that it becomes recognizable only when viewed in a specified manner or through a special device
- the process by which such images or drawings are produced
- the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes
C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape
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Word Origin and History for anamorphosis
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