morph

[mawrf]
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noun
  1. Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.Compare allomorph(def 2).
  2. Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
  1. to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin of morph

1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph
Related formsmor·phic, adjective

morph-

  1. variant of morpho- before a vowel: morpheme.

-morph

  1. a combining form meaning “form, structure,” of the kind specified by the initial element: isomorph.

Origin of -morph

< Greek -morphos; see -morphous
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Examples from the Web for morph

Contemporary Examples of morph

  • But while the drug may not morph into a money making machine, it may work to maintain the safety of residents.

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    The Real Election Winner: Weed

    Abby Haglage

    November 5, 2014

  • I knew he was the only actor who would be willing to morph into the numerous subjects portrayed in the original images.

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    The Man Behind Marilyn Malkovich

    Justin Jones

    October 2, 2014

  • The notion to morph a specialty tortilla chip into a taco shell at first may sound like it would be a snap.

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    Taste Sensation Innovation

    September 18, 2014

  • When the raven-man promises Bran that he will “fly,” does he mean the boy is about to morph into mutant bird as well?

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    Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Yet

    Andrew Romano

    June 16, 2014

  • His dialogue is positively literary in the creativeness with which he invents new ways to use and morph curse words into insults.

Historical Examples of morph


British Dictionary definitions for morph

morph

1
noun
  1. linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Word Origin for morph

C20: shortened form of morpheme

morph

2
noun
  1. biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Word Origin for morph

C20: from Greek morphē shape

morph

3
verb
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
  2. to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon
noun
  1. a morphed image

-morph

n combining form
  1. indicating shape, form, or structure of a specified kindectomorph
Derived Forms-morphic or -morphous, adj combining form-morphy, n combining form

Word Origin for -morph

from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape
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Word Origin and History for morph

as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morph in Medicine

-morph

suff.
  1. Form; shape; structure:endomorph.
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morph in Science

morph

[môrf]
  1. A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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