morph

[ mawrf ]
/ mɔrf /
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noun

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).
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)

to transform (an image) by computer.

verb (used without object)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for morphed (1 of 3)

morph

1
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Word Origin for morph

C20: shortened form of morpheme

British Dictionary definitions for morphed (2 of 3)

morph

2
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Word Origin for morph

C20: from Greek morphē shape

British Dictionary definitions for morphed (3 of 3)

morph

3
/ (mɔːf) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon

noun

a morphed image
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Word Origin and History for morphed

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

Science definitions for morphed

morph

[ môrf ]

A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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